New domestic regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 take effect in Iceland today, a slight relaxing from the regulation of the past three weeks. The general gathering limit has been doubled from 10 to 20, while gyms, bars, and swimming pools are permitted to reopen. The relaxed domestic restrictions, recommended by the country’s Chief Epidemiologist and approved by Iceland’s cabinet on Tuesday, will remain in effect until May 6.
The main changes that took effect today are as follows:
- Gyms and pools are permitted to reopen and operate at 50% capacity.
- Sports competitions and athletic activities with or without contact will be permitted among adults and children. The maximum number of adults in such activities is 50. Children are subject to the same gathering limits as in school activities. Athletic activities can host up to 100 seated guests.
- Performing arts activities, including choral activities, are permitted with up to 50 performers and maximum 100 guests in each separate section.
- All shops can accept up to 5 guests for every 10 squared metres of space up to a maximum of 100 people, in addition to 20 employees in the same space.
- Nightclubs, pubs, and slot machine venues may operate under the same conditions as restaurants. They must close by 9.00pm.
- Driving and flight lessons are permitted to restart.
- The general distancing rule for schools will be reduced from two metres to one metre. Preschool and primary school children will be permitted to engage in sports and recreational activities.
Iceland currently has 83 active cases of COVID-19 and one of the lowest infection rates in Europe. Two patients are currently in hospital due to COVID-19. A total of 67,158 have received one or both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, 18.2% of the population.
No changes have been made to Iceland’s border regulations, which are in effect until May 1.