Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist is preparing a memorandum proposing still harsher restrictions in the Reykjavík capital area, RÚV reports. The National Police Commissioner also intends to issue a list of recommendations for capital area residents to tackle the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Tighter COVID-19 regulations took effect across the country yesterday, capping gatherings at 20 people and closing gyms, bars, and clubs. Iceland reported 99 new domestic cases of COVID-19 yesterday, the highest number since the third wave of infection began around September 15.
The recommendations for capital-area residents outlined by the National Police Commissioner are as follows:
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Do not travel outside the capital area more than necessary.
- Limit the number of people in stores, preferably so that one family member does the shopping.
- Further limit visits to individuals in at-risk groups.
- Event organisers are encouraged to postpone events scheduled to take place over the next two weeks.
- Indoor and outdoor group activities such as yoga practice, choir practice, hiking, and cycling should be suspended for the next two weeks.
- Only those who heavily rely on swimming pools for health reasons should visit pools.
- All stores and locations that remain open in the capital area should ensure gathering restrictions are followed as much as possible and provide hand sanitizer to all.
Chief Superintendent Víðir Reynisson also adds that authorities are considering suspending all athletic activities in the capital area for the next two weeks.
The recommendations will be reviewed in more detail at a live briefing at 3.00pm UTC this afternoon. Víðir and Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason will be on the panel. Iceland Review will live-tweet the briefing in English on our Twitter page, linked below.