Effective restrictions on gatherings

Regulation on restrictions on gatherings due the pandemic shall apply as of June 15th and remain in force up to and including 29th of June 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.

The same regulation is in effect for school activities.

Number limits, proximity limits, mask use

Limits to the number of people at gatherings

The maximum number of people allowed in the same location is 300 persons, with certain restrictions, both in public and private locations.
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 1-metre distance limit between people who are not closely linked must be ensured.

Use of face masks

Masks must be worn wherever the 1-metre social distancing rule cannot be kept between individuals who are not closely linked. The obligation to wear a mask does not apply to children born 2005 or later.
Face masks shall be used where ventilation is poor and where a 1-metre distance is not possible. They shall also be used where it is not possible to ensure a 1-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

Events with seated guests: Permitted proximity can be less than 1 metre and all guests must wear a face mask. Children born 2005 and later are exempt from wearing a mask. The participation of all guests must be registered to numbered seats and must state their name, ID No. and telephone number. The information is to be preserved for two weeks. Mixing of groups shall be prevented before and after events.

Pharmacies, grocery stores and other stores may accept 5 persons for each 10 m2 of space  and a at least 1 metre between persons who are unrelated must be ensured.

Performing arts, cinema theatres and other cultural events may have up to 300 persons on stage, i.e. during rehearsals and shows. Up to 300 seated guests may be accommodated. Such guests must wear face masks. Seats are to be numbered and labelled with the name of the guest. Selling or offering food and drink during intermissions is permitted. Children born in 2015 and later are not included in this number.

Restaurants where alcoholic beverages are allowed may stay open until 24:00 all days of the week with a maximum of 300 guests in each area and must maintain a 1 metre distance rule. All guests must be registered by name, ID No. and telephone number. Alcoholic beverages are to be served to seated guests. All guests must have left the location at 1:00.

Nightclubs and bars may be open until 24:00 all days of the week with a maximum of 300 guests in each area. Alcoholic beverages are to be served to seated guests. All guests must be registered by name, ID No. and telephone number. All guests must have left the location at 1:00.

Gambling machines and arcades may be open to 24:00 all days of the week with a maximum of 300 guests in each area. Alcoholic beverages are to be served to seated guests. All guests must have left the location at 1:00.

Swimming pools are open for their permitted maximum number.

Spas and physical training centres are open for their permitted maximum number. However, they may accept a maximum of 300 guests in each area who must be registered beforehand. Spas and physical training centres must ensure  to disinfect equipment and contact surfaces between users.

Campsites are open for their permitted maximum number. Care must be taken to ensure the one meter distance rule and mandatory mask use if this cannot be ensured. The sale of food and beverages at campsites is subject to the same rules as food and beverage sales in general

ÍSÍ sports activities

Indoor and outdoor sports activities, whether for children or adults, are permitted. Preventive measures must be employed and shared equipment disinfected after use. Ventilation must be acceptable and areas are to be regularly ventilated with fresh outside air. Guidelines from sport disciplines within the Association.

Sport competitions for children and for adults are permitted and up to 300 seated guests may be accommodated. Such guests must wear face masks. Seats are to be numbered and registered with the name, ID No. and telephone number of the guest.

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,  public buildings, and services

The 1-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 certain service outlets.

FAQs

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Fines may be imposed for violations of infection prevention measures

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