As reported, Iceland’s “state of emergency” due to the coronavirus lifts today. With it comes a number of eased restrictions that go into effect today.
From 50 to 200
Starting today, the maximum group allowed for any social gathering is 200 people instead of 50. This applies to all public and private spaces, including restaurants and bars. That said, the so-called “two metre rule”, wherein people maintain a distance of two metres between one another, is still in effect.
Pools, bars and clubs
Pools are open again, and each pool is allowed to permit half their normal maximum capacity. Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason said that this number may be raised further if all goes well.
Restaurants that serve alcohol, bars an clubs can also operate again, at least until 23:00 anyways, and sports events can resume with a maximum capacity of 200 people.
We’re not out of this yet
Much has been said about Iceland’s success against the coronavirus, and many people in the country are anxious to get out and be social again. However, it bears repeating that the crisis is not over yet. Medical professionals in Iceland still advise sticking to the two-metre rule, washing your hands frequently, and by all means seek medical attention if you show any signs of having the coronavirus.
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