Regulations limiting the number of people in swimming pools were relaxed yesterday, June 1, permitting Icelandic pools to operate at 75% capacity, up from the previous 50%. Swimming pools reopened on May 18 after an 8-week closure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Swimming pools in Reykjavík reopened at 12.01am on May 18, remaining open overnight. Pool-goers showed up early, lining up outside the doors and cheering as they were finally let in.
Iceland’s two-metre social distancing rule was relaxed on May 25, becoming optional in most places that do not provide essential services. Iceland currently has just two active cases of COVID-19. If that number remains low, authorities hope to allow swimming pools to operate at full capacity before Iceland is scheduled to reopen its borders – on or before June 15.