Restrictions in effect during ban on gatherings

Effective restrictions on gatherings throughout Iceland

The regulation on the restrictions on gatherings during the pandemic entered into effect on 18 November 2020 and will remain in effect up to and including 1 December 2020.

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 health care institutions, nursing homes and other comparable institutions. These institutions shall set special rules on infection prevention measures.

A special regulation covers school activities, which came into force on 18 November and is valid until and including 1 December 2020.

The main restrictions in effect

As a rule, a 10-person limit to gatherings is in effect
- 30 persons may attend a funeral, while the maximum attending funeral receptions is 10 persons
- 50- to 100-person maximum in pharmacies and grocery stores.
- the 10-person restriction does not apply when a larger number live in the same household.
Sports activities for those born 2005 and earlier are not permitted (Inside and outside ÍSÍ)
Theatrical events are not allowed
Gyms are to be closed
Swimming pools are to be closed
Pubs, entertainment venues, arcades and gambling machines are closed
Restaurants licensed to serve alcohol may be open to 21:00 all days
Masks must be worn wherever the 2-metre social distancing rule cannot be kept, between individuals who are not closely linked.

Effective restrictions on gatherings

Limits to the number of people.

The maximum number of people allowed in the same location is ten persons, both in public and private locations. This limit, however, does not apply to persons in the same household.

Pharmacies and grocery stores that are smaller than 1,000 m2 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. One additional customer may be allowed in for each 10 m2 in excess of 1,000 m2. The number, however, may never exceed 100 customers.

At funerals, up to 30 persons may attend, while general restrictions apply to funeral receptions, i.e. 10 persons.

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, Alþingi (Parliament), National Security Council and when the courts exercise their judicial powers.

Proximity limits and mask use

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

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, as well as in cultural activities, 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 received 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

Performing arts and comparable activities are not permitted.

Swimming pools and gyms are closed.  

Nightclubs, bars, arcades and gambling machines are closed.

Restaurants may be open until 21:00 on all days but must comply with the 10-person limit rule and the 2-metre proximity limit between unrelated persons. Take-away meals may be served after 21:00.  

Sports activities for persons born in 2004 and earlier, including training and competitions, whether indoors or outdoors, with or without contact, are not permitted.

Workplaces, shops, public buildings and services

The 2-metre distance rule must be ensured between persons in the same area, and there may not be more than 10 customers in the same location. The maximum number of employees in the same space is also 10. In addition, care must be taken to ensure that there is no mixing between areas.

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.
Facemasks must be used in shops and other service outlets.

Current restrictions on school activities

A new regulation from the Minister of Health on the restriction of school activities due to stricter infection prevention measures came into force on 18 November and is valid until and including 1 December 2020.

Kindergartens and day-care parents

Maximum number of employees per room: 10 individuals

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 individuals

Minimum distance between children: None

Use of face masks by children None Primary schools and after-school activities

Grades 1–4

Maximum number of employees in an area: 10

Minimum distance between employees: 2 metres

Use of masks by employees: 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.

Maximum number of students in an area: 50

Minimum distance between students: None

Use of face masks by students: None

Grades 5–7

Maximum number of employees in an area: 10

Minimum distance between employees: 2 metres

Use of masks by employees: 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.

Maximum number of students in an area:  25

Minimum distance between students: None

Use of face masks by students:  None

Grades 8–10

Maximum number of employees in an area: 10

Minimum distance between employees: 2 metres

Use of masks by employees: 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.

Maximum number of students in an area:  25

Minimum distance between students: 2 metres

Use of face masks by students: Where a 2-metre distance limit is not possible

After-school activities

The primary school group divisions of students must be the same in the primary school after school activities so that there is no mixing between groups of students.

Upper secondary schools

Maximum number of employees in an area: 10

Minimum distance between employees: 2 metres

Use of masks by employees: 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.

Maximum number of students in an area:  25

Minimum distance between students: 2 metres

Use of face masks by students: Where a 2-metre distance limit is not possible

Universities

Maximum number of employees in an area: 10

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 students in an area: 10

Minimum distance between students: 2 metres

Use of face masks by students:  Where a 2-metre distance limit is not possible

Common areas (entrance, entrance hall, toilets and hallways):  It is possible to deviate from the number limit if face masks are used.

Fines may be imposed for violations of infection prevention measures

Penalties for offenses related to distance limit restrictions.

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

Border measures

https://www.covid.is/flokkar/ferdalog

Easily readable information on the coronavirus can be found here. The information was prepared by the National Association of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.

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