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Effective restrictions on gatherings

The Regulation on restrictions on gatherings due the pandemic will apply from January 15 to February 2 2022.

Number limits, social distancing rules, face masks

Restrictions to the number of people at gatherings

The maximum number of people allowed in the same area is 10 persons, with certain restrictions, both in public and private locations, outdoors and indoors.

Children are not excluded.

Up to 50 people may attend certain events (performing arts, theater, cinema and funerals) if the following criteria is met:

1) All guests are seated and not facing each other
2) 1 meter social distancing between guests
3) All attendees wear a mask.
4) Alcoholic beverages are not sold before, during or after event.
5) Guests are asked to remain seated even if an interval is necessary, if at all possible.

Social distancing rules

At all workplaces and when performing other professional activities, individuals who are unrelated must keep a distance of 2 meters from each other.

At gatherings where all guests are seated 1 meter must be kept between guests, and a face mask must be worn.

Children born in 2016 and later are excempt from social distancing rules.

Face masks

Face masks must be worn wherever the 2 meter social distancing rule cannot be observed between people who are unrelated.

Mask obligation does not apply to children born 2016 or later.

Face masks must be worn in stores and shopping centers.

Face masks must be used where it is not possible to ensure 2 meters of social distancing, such as in healthcare services, museums, 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 mask needs to cover both nose and mouth.

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, do not have to wear a mask.

A separate regulation has been brought into effect for school activities. This regulation will remain in effect from 13 of January up to and including 2 February 2022. See below.

Limitations to operations

Pharmacies, grocery stores and other stores may accept up to 50 people. In addition 5 persons are allowed for each 10 m2 over 100 m2 of space, to the maximum of 200 customers in their premises, as long as it is possible to ensure at least 2 meter between persons who are unrelated. Masks must be worn in shops and shopping centers.

Performing arts, cinemas and other cultural events may have up to 50 persons on stage, i.e. during rehearsals and shows. Up to 50 seated attendees, may be accommodated in a given area given they follow the rules for exceptions for 50 people at events, stated above.

Ceremonies held by religious and life stance associations may be attended by up to 50 persons given they follow the rules stated above. Wakes follow the rules on social gatherings.

Restaurants where alcoholic beverages are allowed may stay open until 21:00 all days of the week with a maximum of 20 guests in each area and must maintain the 2 meter distance rule and 1 meter when seated. Alcoholic beverages are to be served to seated guests. All guests must have left the location at 22:00.

Nightclubs and bars, gambling machines and arcades are closed.

Private gatherings at premises licensed to serve alcohol are not allowed after 22.00.

Temporary permits may not be granted for social gatherings, such as concerts, dances, bonfires or other events which may be expected to draw crowds after 22.00

Swimming and bathing pools, spas and gyms are open for 50% of permitted number of people. Equipment must be disinfected between users and all users must be registered. Children born in 2016 and later are not included in this number.

Ski slopes are permitted to accept 50% of their maximum acceptance limit for each area. Children born in 2016 and later are not included in this number.

ÍSÍ sports activities

Indoor and outdoor sports activities, whether for children or adults, are permitted. The maximum number of people in each area is 50 persons. Preventive measures must be employed and shared equipment disinfected after use. Ventilation must be adequate and areas must be regularly ventilated with fresh outside air.

Sport competitions for children and for adults are permitted. No spectators are allowed.

Sports under the aegis of the ÍSÍ have their specific guidelines for their sports.

For sports not under the aegis of the ÍSÍ, separate guidelines must be established or the same guidelines as for comparable sports within the ÍSI must be followed.

Exceptions

The Regulation does not apply to international airports or ports, international aviation or shipping, or to fishing vessels. Neither does the Regulation apply to healthcare institutions, nursing homes or other comparable institutions. These institutions set special rules on infection prevention measures.

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 hand sanitizer at entrances and near common touch surfaces, such as touch keypads, shopping trolleys and cash registers, must be ensured.

Markings and signs should be used to remind the general public and employees of the personal infection prevention measures in place.

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 until 2 February 2022.

Preschools and day-care parents

Maximum number of employees in each area: 20.
Minimum distance between employees: 2 meters.
Use of masks by employees: Where a 2-meter distance limit between employees is not possible. There is no mask obligation in communication with preschool children.
Transfer of employees between groups: Allowed.
Maximum number of children in each area: 50.
Minimum distance between children: None.
Use of face masks by children: None.
Outside area: no limits to the number of people.

Events related to the work or social activities of preschools, such as plays and concerts, may not be attended by anyone other than students and teachers.  

Primary schools and after-school activities

Grades 1 to 10

Maximum number of employees in an area: 20.
Minimum distance between employees: 2 meters.
Use of masks by employees: Where a 2-meter distance limit between employees and towards students is not possible.
Transfer of employees and students between groups: Allowed.
Maximum number of children in each area: 50.
Minimum distance between children: 1 meter in classrooms.
Use of face masks by children: None.
Physical education and school swimming lessons: Allowed.
Maximum number of students in cafeteria: 50.
Shared areas (entrances, foyers, lavatories and hallways): Restrictions on the number of persons present may be waived if employees use face masks.
Outdoor area: No restrictions, but efforts should be made to limit the number of students in each outdoor area unless it impedes outdoor activities.

The restrictions on the number of people do not apply on the school bus.

Events related to the work or social activities of primary schools, such as lectures, reading competitions, etc., may not be attended by anyone other than students and teachers.

After-school activities

The same restrictions apply as to preschools and primary schools. One individual is allowed to accompany a child of a preschool age in after-school activities.

Events related to the work or social activities of primary schools, such as plays and concerts, lectures, reading competitions, etc., may not be attended by anyone other than students and teachers.

Mixing between groups: Allowed.

Music schools

All music lessons for children at a preschool and primary school age is permitted with the same restrictions as apply to their school activities.
Maximum number of employees in an area: 20.
Minimum distance between individuals: 2 meters.
Use of face masks: Students born in 2005 and earlier, as well as employees, should wear masks if social distancing rules cannot be followed, if possible.
Transfer of employees between areas: Allowed.
Maximum number of students in an area: 50.
Students’ social distancing rules: Follow the rules for each school level.

Events related to the work or social activities of music schools, such as concerts, may not be attended by anyone other than students and teachers.

Upper secondary schools

Maximum number of employees and students in an area: 50.
Maximum number of employees in an area: 20.
Minimum distance between individuals: 2 meters.
Use of face masks: Where a 2-meter distance is not possible.
In classrooms, it is permitted to have a distance of 1 meter between students, but then the use of a face mask is required.
Transfer of employees and students between groups: Allowed.
Physical education: Allowed with the same restrictions as other teaching measures.
Maximum number of students in cafeteria: 50.
Shared areas (entrances, foyers, lavatories and hallways): Restrictions on the number of persons present may be waived if employees use face masks.

In situations where it is not possible to enforce social distancing, such as in practical teaching, art teaching and teaching students in vocational training, students and teachers must wear a face mask.

Students may stay in a dormitory.

Events not related to teaching or education are not to be conducted on the school premises.

Events related to work or social activities in upper secondary school are subject to the provisions on performing arts in the regulation on the restrictions on gatherings due to a pandemic.

Universities

Maximum number of employees and students per room: 50.
Maximum number of employees in an area: 20.
Minimum distance between individuals: 2 meters.
Use of face masks: Where a 2-meter distance is not possible.
In classrooms, it is permitted to have a distance of 1 meter between students, but then the use of a mask is required.
Transfer between groups: Allowed.
Physical education: Allowed with the same restrictions as other teaching measures.
Maximum number of students in cafeteria: 50.
Shared areas (entrances, foyers, lavatories and hallways): Restrictions on the number of persons present may be waived if employees use face masks.

In situations where it is not possible to enforce social distancing, such as in practical teaching, art teaching and clinical studies, school work is permitted as long as infection prevention measures are followed and on the condition that students and teachers wear a face mask.

Other events not related to teaching or education are not to be conducted on the school premises.

This provision does not prevent students from staying in dormitories.

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