Iceland’s current COVID-19 domestic restrictions, including a 200-person gathering limit and one-metre social distancing, will be extended for an additional two weeks, Health Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir announced at a press conference this afternoon. Though the nation is experiencing a record rate of COVID-19 infection, its high vaccination rate is preventing serious illness and hospitalisation. The Chief Epidemiologist and Prime Minister agreed that was the reasoning tighter domestic restrictions were not currently necessary.
The current domestic restrictions due to COVID-19 were imposed on July 24 and include a 200-person gathering limit, one-metre social distancing, and mask use where distancing cannot be ensured, such as in hair salons and on public transportation. The measures were set to expire this Friday, but in a memorandum to the Health Minister, Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist recommended they be extended for an additional two weeks.
The measures will remain in effect until August 27, 2021.
A live-tweeting of the briefing in English is available here.