From Iceland — Swimming Trip Could End Up In 250,000 ISK Fine

Swimming Trip Could End Up In 250,000 ISK Fine

Published August 24, 2020

Catherine Magnúsdóttir
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A man in the South of Iceland was charged with violating the Epidemic Prevention Act by breaching quarantine and visiting a swimming pool.

The man in question had returned to Iceland from abroad recently and, according to the most recent instructions by the state prosecutor, would have had to remain in quarantine for 5 to 6 days to await a second sampling.

However, according to a statement by the police departement in the south, the man, who is an Icelander, claimed that he had not realized that he was obliged to go into quarantine after arriving from the country from which he traveled. The case was sent to the prosecution for a decision.

RÚV reports that the man was recognized at the swimming pool by someone who knew he had been abroad and reported to the police.

According to the instructions of the State Prosecutor, fines for violating the obligation and breaching quarantine amount to from 50,000 to 250,000 ISK.

Additionally, the police reported that inspections had been carried out at restaurants in the south due to the current disease control measures.

Oddur Árnason, chief police officer of the south Iceland police, told RÚV that the places in question have received instructions and that the inspections will be followed up with further monitoring.

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