Effective restrictions on gatherings

Regulation on restrictions on gatherings due the pandemic shall apply as of May 10th and remain in force up to and including 26th of May 2021.

NOTE: Stricter regulation is in force in Sveitarfélagið Skagafjörður and Akrahreppur due to outbreak there.

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 10 May 2021 up to and including 26 May 2021. See below.

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 50 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 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

Events with seated guests:

Up to 150 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.

Guests may not sit across from each other unless two metres separate them.
Permitted proximity conditions between unrelated parties are, at present, 1 metre in seats.
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.
Everyone must use a face mask and it ensured that the distance between unrelated parties is more than 1 metre.
Intermissions during shows are permitted although refreshments (whether alcoholic or others) during events is not permitted, irrespective of whether such refreshments are for sale or not. During intermissions guests are to be advised to stay in their seats. Alternatively, the 50 person maximum number of guests and the 2 metre distance applies.
Every effort must be made to prevent crowd-gathering, whether before, after or during intermission.
Mixing between sections is to be prevented. This includes both before and after the event.

Note! If it is not possible to fulfil the above conditions, the rules on a 50-person maximum shall apply for the event in question.

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.

Performing arts, cinema theatres and other cultural events may have up to 75 persons on stage, i.e. during rehearsals and shows. Up to 150 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 not permitted. Children born in 2005 and later are included in this number.

At the ceremonies of religious and life stance associations, up to 150 persons may attend. General restrictions apply to funeral receptions, confirmations and comparable events, i.e. 50 persons in the same area.

Restaurants where alcoholic beverages are allowed may stay open until 22:00 all days of the week with a maximum of 50 guests in each area and must maintain the 2 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 23:00.

Nightclubs and bars may be open until 22:00 all days of the week with a maximum of 50 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 22:00.

Gambling machines and arcades may be open to 22:00 all days of the week with a maximum of 50 guests in each area. Alcoholic beverages are to be served to seated guests. All guests must have left the location at 23:00.

Swimming pools are open for 75% of their permitted maximum number. Children born in 2015 and later are not included in the number of guests.

Ski slopes are permitted to open and may accept up to 75% of their maximum number of guests. Care must be taken to ensure the two metre distance rule and mandatory mask use if this cannot be ensured. The sale of food and beverages at ski slopes is subject to the same rules as food and beverage sales in general. Children born in 2015 and later are not included in the number of guests.

Spas and physical training centres are open for 75% of their permitted maximum number. Spas and physical training centres may only be opened for organised group sessions where the participants are registered. Such centres must ensure a break between sessions so that it is possible to disinfect equipment and contact surfaces.

ÍSÍ sports activities

Indoor and outdoor sports activities, whether for children or adults, are permitted. The maximum number of participants in each area is 75. 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.

Sport competitions for children and for adults are permitted and up to 150 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, 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 26 May 2021.

Nursery schools and day-care parents

Maximum number of employees in each area: 50
Minimum distance between employees: 1 metre
Use of masks by employees: Where a 1-metre distance limit between employees is not possible and when employees travel between areas.
Transfer of employees between groups: Permitted only if the highest level of infection prevention control is implemented
Maximum number of children in each 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 each 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 each area: 100
Minimum distance between children: None
Use of face masks by children: None
Shared areas (entrances, foyers, lavatories and hallways): Restrictions on the number of persons present may be waived 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 or earlier and staff: Maximum of 50 in each area and 1-metre distance rule, mandatory mask use applies otherwise. Events and concerts are subject to the rules applicable to theatrical events.
Students born 2005 or later: Maximum of 100 in each area.
Mixing between groups: Allowed
Limits to the number of people who can attend events and concerts follow the rules applicable to nursery and primary schools.

Upper secondary schools

Maximum number of employees and students per room: 100
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): Possible to deviate from the number limit 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: 100
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: Permitted
Shared areas (entrances, foyers, lavatories and hallways): Possible to deviate from the number limit 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.

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