All operations at the Ministry of Welfare will have to immediately move elsewhere, due to mold damage found in the building.
Kjarninn reports that mold and moisture damage have repeatedly been found in the building, and it will take massive renovations to clear it all out. As such, Ministry offices will have to move to another, as yet undecided location.
The Ministry rents the current building from Associated Icelandic Ports, but an agreement has been reached to break contract in order to facilitate the transition.
Mold damage is becoming an increasingly common problem in government offices. Apart from mold found in the Ministry of Welfare in 2013, it was also found at the Ministry of Finance, in 2014, and has also been detected in parliamentary offices. Mold damage has also been seen on the premises of the national hospital.
Numerous health problems can arise from exposure to mold, including nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation, and can lead to more serious respiratory infections.