Effective as of midnight on Friday, patrons of public events with 50 or more attendees will be able to gain entrance by showing a negative PCR test or proof of a previous COVID-19 infection, RÚV reports. Under the previous mandate, which has been in effect for two weeks, only rapid antigen tests taken no more than 48 hours before an event were valid for entrance.
The change has been welcomed by event organizers, who argued that the rapid test mandate excluded people who could otherwise safely attend public events. “We’re pleased, of course, that this is being opened up and [events] made more accessible for this particular group of people,” said Magnús Geir Þórðarson, Director of the National Theater.
“This is a continuation of a conversation that we’ve had with the authorities and we’re doing our part to make sure that it goes as smoothly as possible,” said Magnús Geir.
The new mandate applies to anyone born in 2015 or earlier. Individuals who have had COVID-19 will need to produce an official certificate (vottorð) verifying this. Rapid tests taken within the correct time frame will still be accepted at events; more information about testing centers here.