Effective restrictions on gatherings

Applicable restrictions

The regulation relating to restrictions on gatherings during the pandemic entered into effect on 13 January 2021 and will remain in effect up to and including 17 February 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 2005 or later.

A separate regulation has been brought into effect for school activities. This regulation will remain in effect from 1 January to 28 February 2021.

Number limits, proximity limits, mask use

Limits to the number of people:

The maximum number of people allowed in the same location is 20 persons, with certain restrictions, both in public and private locations. This limit, however, does not apply to persons in the same household.
Children: Limits to the numbers of children, social distancing and obligation to wear a mask do 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, Alþingi (Parliament), the National Security Council and when the court sexercise their judicial powers.

Social distancing rules

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.

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. 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, 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 already been infected with COVID-19 and complete disolation. 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, cinema theatres and other cultural events may have up to 50 persons on stage, i.e. during rehearsals and shows.  Up to 100 seated guests may be accommodated. Such guests must wear face masks. In addition, 100 children born in 2005 or later may be accommodated. Seats are to be numbered and labelled with the name of the guest. Neither breaks nor alcohol sales are permitted.
Restaurants may be open until 22:00on all days but must comply with the 20-person limit rule and the 2-metreproximity limit between unrelated persons. Take-away meals may be served until 23:00. 
Pharmacies, grocerystores and other stores may accept 5 persons for each 10 m2of space and may have up to 100 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 20 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 funerals, up to 100 persons may attend, while general restrictions apply to funeral receptions, i.e. 20 persons.
Swimming pools are open and may accept up to 50% of their maximum number of guests according to their operating permit.
Spas and physical training centres may 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. Equipment may not be passed between participants during the same group session and must be disinfected before and after training sessions.  Changing rooms are to be closed. Children born in 2005 and later are not included in this number.
Nightclubs, bars, arcades and gambling machines are closed.

ÍSÍ sports activities

The sports activities and competitions involving of children and adults, both indoors and outdoors, with or without contact, are permitted. The maximum number of participants in each location is 50.
No spectators are allowed during sports events. The media, however, may be present as such event provided they follow established preventive measures.
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.
Ski slopes: Ski slopes may be opened with restrictions according to rule 4 in the issued rules of ski slopes in Iceland. Care must be taken to ensure that persons who are on their own do not need to share ski-lift chairs with others, the 2-metre social distancing rule must be maintained and the same rules apply to face masks as elsewhere.
As regards sports that do not belong within the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland, 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.

 

Current restrictions on school activities

- applicable as of 1 January to 21 February 2021.
The regulation issued by the Minister of Health on the restriction of school activities due to stricter infection prevention measures is effective to 28 February 2021.

Nursery schools and day-care parents
Maximum number of employees in an area: 20
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: 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: 20
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
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: 30
Minimum distance between individuals: 2 metres
Use of face masks: Where a 2-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: 50
Minimum distance between individuals: 2 metres
Use of face masks: 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
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.

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