On Friday, February 11, the Government of Iceland has announced that it will ease Covid-19 safety measures starting from midnight. The new regulation allows gatherings of 200 people with all earlier announced quarantine rules being abolished.
The maximum number of people allowed in the same area increases from 50 to 200 both in public and private locations. 9,712 people who are currently quarantined in Iceland will be released once when the regulation enters into force. Everyone, who has tested positive for Covid-19 will still have to quarantine for five days.
Current regulations that apply to schools will also be abolished. Minister of Health, Willum Þórs Þórssonar said: “We are abolishing the school regulations so that primary and secondary school students can get their social life back.” If the epidemiological situation in Iceland doesn’t worsen, it is expected that all restrictions will be lifted by the end of the month.
Other changes that take effect at midnight are the abolition of mass restrictions in stores. Swimming and fitness centers, as well as ski resorts, will be allowed to receive guests at full capacity. In addition, restaurants and entertainment venues may now be open until midnight. All guests must leave the venue by 1:00.
Detailed information on the new regulation on Covid-19 restrictions in Iceland can be found here.
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