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Mask Use on Reykjavík Buses Is Not Required

Passengers on riding capital-area Strætó buses will not have to wear masks on board, RÚV reports. This is a revision of the previous regulation, which had only been in effect since Friday at noon.

There had been considerable confusion about mask-wearing requirements onboard city buses as per the newly tightened regulations, the public was told that they must wear masks when it was not possible to maintain a two-metre distance between themselves and others, on board any scheduled flight, on ferries, and finally, on public transportation where the journey is over half an hour.

Complicating matters, however, is the fact that it isn’t possible to maintain two metres of separation between passengers in a bus, but most Strætó journeys are less than half an hour. Which made it seem like city buses both was and was not subject to the mask-wearing requirement.

Strætó officials have now decided to backtrack and accept the mask-wearing exemption that was originally offered to them by state authorities, but have asked that the government make a clear statement about masks on public transportation on Saturday.

In summation, at time of writing, masks are not required on Strætó buses within the capital area. Masks are required on ferries, aeroplanes, and buses operating outside the capital, as these journeys are necessarily longer than half an hour.

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