Effective restrictions on gatherings

A regulation on restrictions on gatherings due to the pandemic entered into force on 25 March and remains in effect to and including 15 April 2021.

The regulation does not apply to international airports or ports or to aircraft and shipping between countries and fishing vessels. The regulation also does not apply to healthcare institutions, nursing homes and other comparable institutions. These institutions shall set special rules on infection prevention measures.

Limits to the number of people and social distancing do not apply to children born 2015 or later.

A separate regulation has been brought into effect for school activities. This regulation will remain in effect from 25 March up to and including 31 March 2021. See below.

Number limits, proximity limits, mask use

Limits to the number people at gatherings

The maximum number of people allowed in the same location is 10 persons, with certain restrictions, both in public and private locations. This limit, however, does not apply to persons in the same household.
Children Limits to the numbers of children, social distancing and obligation to wear a mask do not apply to children born 2015 or later. The obligation to wear a mask does not apply to children born 2005 or later.
Restrictions on the number of people do not apply to public transport, coach travel, domestic flights, passenger ferries and the work of response units such as the police, fire-fighters, Civil Protection assistants and healthcare workers. In addition, the provision does not apply to the work of the government, the State Council, the Alþingi (Parliament), the National Security Council and when the courts exercise their judicial powers.

Social distancing rules

At all workplaces and in other activities, the 2-metre distance limit between people who are not closely linked must be ensured.

Use of face masks

Masks must be worn wherever the 2-metre social distancing rule cannot be kept between individuals who are not closely linked, with the exception of schools and certain events where guests are seated in booked seats. The obligation to wear a mask does not apply to children born 2005 or later.
Face masks shall be used in public transport, in shops and other services. Face masks shall also be used where it is not possible to ensure a 2-metre distance limit such as in health services, domestic flights and ferries, public transport, taxis and coaches, in practical driving lessons and flight training, hairdressers, beauty salons, massage parlours, tattoo parlours, dog grooming salons, tanning salons and other similar activities. Face masks shall cover the nose and mouth.
Exempted from masks are those individuals who have already been infected with COVID-19 and completed isolation. Furthermore, those who do not have the understanding or maturity to use a face mask correctly or are unable to do so for other reasons, such as health reasons, are exempt from the obligation to wear a mask.

Operations involving particular infection risk

Theatrical events, cinema shows and other cultural events are not permitted.

Restaurants serving alcohol may be open until 22:00 with a maximum of 20 guests with 2 meters between unrelated persons in a shared space where everyone must be registered and served in seats that are numbered and registered to the name, ID No. and telephone number of the guest. Alcoholic beverages are to be served to seated guests. New guests may be admitted to 21:00, and all guests must have left the location at 22:00. Take-away meals may be served until 23:00.

Nightclubs and bars are closed.

Arcades and gambling machines are closed.

Pharmacies and grocery stores may accept 5 persons for each 10 m2 of space and may have up to 100 customers in their premises, as long as it is possible to ensure at least 2 metres between persons who are unrelated.  In addition, up to 20 members of staff may be in the same area as customers in shops provided that it is possible to maintain the 2-metre social distancing rule between individuals.

Other Stores may accept 5 persons for each 10 m2 of space and may have up to 50 customers in their premises, as long as it is possible to ensure at least 2 metres between persons who are unrelated.  In addition, up to 20 members of staff may be in the same area as customers in shops provided that it is possible to maintain the 2-metre social distancing rule between individuals.

At the ceremonies of religious and life stance associations, up to 30 persons may attend, while general restrictions apply to funeral receptions, confirmations and comparable events, i.e. 10 persons.

Swimming pools are closed.

Health centres and gyms are closed.

Ski slopes are closed.

ÍSÍ sports activities

Indoor and outdoor sports activities, whether for children or adults, which require contact within 2 metres or where there is as risk of contact infection due to shared equipment, are not permitted.

As regards sports that do not belong within the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland, guidelines or comparable rules shall be established to ensure compliance with the same guidelines as comparable sports disciplines within the Association.

Workplaces, shops, public buildings and services

The 2-metre distance rule must be ensured between persons in the same area, as must the appropriate maximum number. There should be no contact (mixing) between compartments.

Infection prevention

Surfaces commonly touched by many people, such as door handles and handrails, must be properly cleaned and disinfected as often as possible.
Access to disinfectant at entrances and near surfaces touched by large numbers of people, such as touch keypads, shopping trolleys and cash registers, must be ensured.
Remind the general public and employees of personal infection prevention measures with markings and signs.
Face masks must be used in shops and other service outlets.

FAQs

Responses to common questions about the pandemic, infection routes, quarantine, isolation and vaccinations.

Current restrictions on school activities

The regulation issued by the Minister of Health on the restriction of school activities due to stricter infection prevention measures is effective to 15 April 2021.

Pre schools and day-care parents
Maximum number of employees in an area: 20
Minimum distance between employees: 2 metres
Use of masks by employees: Where a 2-metre distance limit between employees is not possible
Transfer of employees between groups: Permitted only if the highest level of infection prevention control is implemented
Maximum number of children in an area: None
Minimum distance between children: None
Use of face masks by children: None
There are no restrictions on interactions between and the number of nursery school children.

Primary schools and after-school activities

Grades 1 to 10
Maximum number of employees in an area: 20
Minimum distance between employees: 2 metres
Use of masks by employees: Where a 2-metre distance limit between employees is not possible
Transfer of employees between groups: Permitted only if the highest level of infection prevention control is implemented
Maximum number of children in an area: 50
Minimum distance between children: None
Use of face masks by children: None
Shared areas (entrances, foyers, lavatories and hallways): Deviations from maximum numbers are permitted if employees use face masks.
Physical education and school swimming lessons: Allowed
Mixing between groups: Allowed

After-school activities

The same restrictions apply as apply to nursery schools and primary schools.
Mixing between groups: Allowed

Music schools
Students born 2004 and earlier and employees: Maximum number per room is 20, minimum distance is 2 meters and use of face mask obligatory if minimum distance is not possible.
Students born 2005 and later: Maximum 50 per room.
Mixing between groups: Allowed

Upper secondary schools
Maximum number of employees and students per room: 30
Minimum distance between individuals: 2 metres
Use of face masks: Where a 2-metre distance limit is not possible
Transfer of employees and students between groups: Permitted only if the highest level of infection prevention control is implemented and disinfection measures are employed between groups.
Shared areas (entrances, foyers, lavatories and hallways):  Deviations from maximum numbers are permitted if face masks are used
Physical education: Allowed with the same restrictions as other teaching measures.

Universities
Maximum number of employees and students per room: 50
Minimum distance between individuals: 2 metres
Use of face masks: Where a 2-metre distance limit is not possible
Transfer of employees between groups: Permitted only if the highest level of infection prevention control is implemented
Transfer of students between groups: Not permitted
Shared areas (entrances, foyers, lavatories and hallways):  Deviations from maximum numbers are permitted if face masks are used
Physical education: Allowed with the same restrictions as other teaching measures.

Fines may be imposed for violations of infection prevention measures

Penalties for offences related to gathering restrictions, quarantine, social distancing and isolation.

Border measures

Visiting Iceland

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