From Iceland — New COVID Restrictions Begin Today

New COVID Restrictions Begin Today

Published January 13, 2021

Photo by
Art Bicnick

The new coronavirus restrictions that were announced last week are now in effect. These new guidelines reflect some relaxation in the restrictions.

The major details of these changes are as follows:

1. The gathering limit will be raised from 10 people to 20.
2. Shops may allow one customer for every 4m2, instead of five for every 10m2, although no more than 100 people maximum in any given shop.
3. Gyms can open again, but only for group sessions, with no more than 20 people in each group. Children born in 2005 or later will not be counted in the total.
4. Sports training, with or without contact, will be permitted for up to 50 people in a given space. Sporting events will be permitted, albeit without a physical audience present.
5. Where arts, cinema, and cultural events are concerned, up to 50 performers may be permitted, with up to 100 adults and 100 children born 2005 or later permitted in the audience. Masks and the two-metre distance rule must be observed.

At the same time, the situation at the border is being tightened somewhat. Children born in 2005 or later will be required to go into quarantine with their parents, and visitors will have to go into 14-day quarantine if they choose to forego border screening. Additional surveillance will be placed on locations where people are quarantined.

These new regulations will be in effect until at least February 17th barring unforeseen circumstances. Complete information on the matter can be found here.

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