Effective restrictions on gatherings

The Regulation on the restrictions on gatherings during the pandemic enters into effect on 24 February 2021 and will remain in effect up to and including 17 March 2021.

The Regulation does not apply to international airports or ports or to aircraft and ships on international routes or to fishing vessels. The Regulation also does not apply to healthcare institutions, nursing homes and other comparable institutions. These institutions should set special rules on infection prevention measures.

Limits on the number of people and rules on social distancing do not apply to children born 2005 or later.

A separate regulation has been adopted for school activities. This regulation will be in effect from 24 February up to and including 30 April 2021. See below.

Number limits, proximity limits, mask use

Limits on the number of people:

The maximum number of people allowed in the same location is 50 persons, with certain restrictions, both in public and private locations. This limit, however, does not apply to persons in the same household. Special rules apply to events where guests are allocated booked seats.

Children Limits on the number of children, rules on social distancing and the obligation to wear a mask do not apply to children born 2005 or later.

Limits 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, the fire brigade, Civil Protection assistants and healthcare workers. Nor does it apply to the work of the government, the State Council, Alþingi (the Icelandic Parliament), the National Security Council, or courts exercising their judicial powers.

Social distancing rules

At all workplaces and in all other activities, e.g. teaching, lectures and church services, the two-metre distance requirement between people who are not closely linked must be observed. Exceptions are made to the rules for events where guests are allocated booked seats.

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 observe the two-metre social distancing rule, such as in health services, domestic flights and ferries, public transport, taxis and coaches, in practical driving lessons and flight training, as well as at cultural activities, hairdressers, beauty salons, massage parlours, tattoo parlours, dog grooming salons, tanning salons and other similar activities. Face mask shall cover the nose and mouth.

Exempted from masks are those individuals who have already been infected with COVID-19 and completed isolation. Those who lack 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: Up to 200 persons may be present during the ceremonies of religious and life stance ceremonies; stage, cultural and sports events; conferences; lectures; and comparable events provided that the following conditions are met. NOTE! If it is not possible to fulfil the conditions, the rules on a 50-person maximum shall apply for the event in question.

Guests may not sit across from each other unless two metres separate them.
Permitted proximity conditions between unrelated parties are, at present, 1 metre, provided conditions are met.
The participation of all guests must be registered and must state their name, ID No. and telephone number.
Everyone must use a face mask and it ensured that the distance between unrelated parties is more than 1 metre.
Performance intervals are permitted, but the provision or sale of alcohol during a performance is prohibited.
Every effort must be made to prevent crowd-gathering, whether before, after or during intermission.

Performing arts, cinema theatres and other cultural events may have up to 50 persons on stage, i.e. during rehearsals and shows.  Up to 200 seated guests may be accommodated. Such guests must wear face masks. In addition, children born in 2005 or later are not included in this number. Intermissions are permissible, but alcohol sales are not.
Restaurants that are allowed alcohol sales, including bars and nightclubs, may stay open to 23:00 on all days but must comply with the 50-person limit rule and the 2-metre proximity limit between unrelated persons. New guests may not be admitted after 22:00, and all guests must have left the location at 23:00. Only seated guests may be served. Take-away meals may be served until 23:00.
Gambling machines and gambling halls may remain open to 23:00 every day but must comply with the 50-person limit and the two-metre social-distancing rule between unrelated persons. Patrons may not enter after 22:00.
Pharmacies, grocery stores and other stores may accept 5 persons for each 10 m2 of space and may have up to 200 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 50 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 200 persons may attend, while general restrictions apply to funeral receptions, i.e. 50 persons.
Swimming pools are open and may admit up to 75% of their maximum number of customers according to their operating permit.
Health and physical fitness centres may open their changing rooms, and training in gym equipment halls is permitted provided that there are no more than 50 persons in each area and that they have registered their participation in advance. The permitted maximum number of attendees is 75% of the number stated in the operating permit. All equipment must be disinfected between users and it ensured that members to not travel between areas. Children born in 2005 and later are not included in this number. Here you can find instructions for the operation of health and physical fitness centres.
Ski slopes: Ski slopes are permitted to accept 75% of their maximum acceptance limit for each area. Children born in 2005 and later are not included in this number.

Sporting activities of the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland (ÍSÍ)

The sports activities and competitions involving children and adults, both indoors and outdoors, with or without contact, are permitted. The maximum number of participants in each location is 50. The authorities allow 200 seated audience members during sporting events, providing the above conditions are met. If spectators are standing, the 50-person rule applies.  

The same rules as apply to sports training and competitions apply to e.g. chess, bridge and comparable events.

Infection prevention: Shared equipment must be disinfected at least twice a day, ventilation must be in order and the area must be regularly ventilated with fresh outside air.

As regards sports that do not belong within the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland, guidelines 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.

 

Current restrictions on school activities



- applicable from 24 February until 30 April 2021.

The regulation issued by the Minister of Health on the restriction of school activities due to infection prevention measures is effective to 30 April 2021.

Pre schools and day-care parents
Maximum number of employees in an area: 50
Minimum distance between employees: 1 metre
Use of masks by employees: Where a 1-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 nurseryschool children.

Primary schools and after-school activities

Grades 1 to 10
Maximum number of employees in an area: 50
Minimum distance between employees: 1 metre
Use of masks by employees: Where a 1-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: 150
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.

Upper secondary schools
Maximum number of employees and students per room: 150
Minimum distance between individuals: 1 metre
Use of face masks: Where a 1-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: 150
Minimum distance between individuals: 1 metre
Use of face masks: Where a 1-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 me Fines may be imposed for violations of infection prevention measures

Penalties for offenses related to gathering restrictions, distance limit restrictions, quarantine and isolation.

Border measures


Travel to and within Iceland

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