The closure of bars and clubs due to COVID-19 seems to have lightened the workload for police in the Reykjavík capital area last weekend. The region’s jail cells were all empty last Saturday night, a rare occurrence when the town’s watering holes are open for business.
A press release from capital area police sent at 5.00am on Sunday morning reported that jail cells were empty in the region and had been so since Saturday. On-duty officer Hallgrímur Hallgrímsson who sent out the notice stated that he could not remember another occasion when all the city’s jail cells were empty on a Saturday night.
Bars and clubs in the capital area have been closed for several weeks in an attempt to tackle the third wave of COVID-19. Measures appear to be having an effect, as active case numbers have been dropping since October 17.