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‘Working Quarantine’ for Icelandic Football Teams

Icelandic club football teams that travel to Europe to play in international matches may undergo a ‘working quarantine,’ Vísir reports. This means they are allowed to practice together during the mandatory five-day quarantine between COVID-19 tests.

This was confirmed on Thursday by Víðir Reynisson, Chief Superintendent of Civil Protection in Iceland.

Football teams must apply in advance to do a working quarantine after their return from matches abroad, so it is unclear if the KR football team will be allowed to practice together over the coming days. KR returned to Iceland on Tuesday night after playing a match against Celtic in Glasgow, Scotland.

The team Breiðablik has applied for permission to do a working quarantine after returning from a match in Noway next week, and Víkingur R. intends to do the same in advance of their trip to Slovenia.

The fact that teams are allowed to train together while in working quarantine doesn’t change anything where match play against other local teams is concerned. There will still be no league matches during the five-day quarantine period.

The working quarantine regulations may also allow for FC Valur to host a qualifying match for to European Championships, scheduled to take place in October. Valur has applied for permission to do so.

FH will be playing a match against a Slovakian team in Hafnafjörður next week; according to Víðir, the Slovakian team will be allowed to arrive in Iceland the day before their match.

Similarly, national teams—such as Iceland’s men’s national team and that of England, who will play against one another at Laugardalsvöllur on September 5, will be allowed to enter the country right before match day and will not be subject to the five-day quarantine and double COVID test regulations.

“There are different regulations for this,” Víðir explained. “They are entering this ‘bubble,’ you could call it, which is created around these UEFA matches. Such that teams enter it while abroad—undergo screening abroad before they arrive in Iceland and are basically in quarantine before they get here. So they are tested here at the border and are allowed to train and play matches within the five-day timeframe if necessary.”

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