What is ban on public events?

Restrictions in effect during ban on gatherings

Current restrictions are valid as of 15 June 2020 (00.00) until 5 July 2020 (23.59). They apply to the country as a whole.

The ban on gatherings applies to activities where more than 500 people come together. At all smaller gatherings, it must also be ensured to have the opportunity to maintain a distance of 2 meters from other people  whenever practicable. The distance will be interpreted more as a societal norm and courtesy for individuals who are vulnerable or have a preference for such distancing.

Organised activities covered by the ban on gatherings are following:

Conferences, symposia, meetings, organised outside gatherings and similar events.
Recreational events such as concerts, plays, film screenings, athletic events, and private parties.
Religious ceremonies of any type, including funerals, weddings, confirmation ceremonies, and other religious gatherings.
Other similar events involving 500 or more individuals.

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Following activities are permitted:

Gym facilities may have a number of practitioners equal to half the maximum permitted number under the operating license. Limits of 200 people in the facility along with the two meters rule between individuals is followed, as much as possible. Special attention should be paid to hygiene and hand washing.
Nightclubs, bars and game rooms are allowed to be open until 23:00. Lottery machines are open if disinfected and limits of 500 people along with the two meters rule between individuals is followed, as much as possible. Sanitation and hand washing are encouraged.
Public swimmingpools are open with no restrictions. Children, born in 2015 and earlier, are not included in count of the facilities. Let´s be considerate and maintain a distance of 2 meters from one another wherever possible.
Healthcare services, dental practices and physiotherapy.
Hair salons, massage parlours, physical therapy clinics, beauty parlours, museums, and other similar services.

Organized sports activities

Organised sports activities for children in kindergarten and elementary school are allowed  without any restrictions.  Sanitation and handwashing is encouraged and the two-meter social distancing rule should be respected as much as possible.

Organised sports for adults (including sport activities in high schools and universities) are permitted with the same restrictions as gym facilities (see above).

Special attention should be paid to hygiene and hand washing.

All previously granted exemptions to quarantine remain in effect. Exemptions will be granted solely for infrastructure that is crucial in order to save lives and therefore may not stop operating. This includes healthcare services, medical transport, law enforcement, firefighting, transportation, electricity, and telecommunications.

Grocery stores and drugstores

Grocery stores and drugstores may allow up to 500 people to be inside the store at the same time, provided that a distance of at least two (2) metres is maintained between individuals. Those grocery stores that are larger than 1,000square metres (m2) in size may allow one additional customer inside for each 10 m2 over and above 1,000 m2, up to a maximum of 500 customers in all.

How will school activities be handled?

There are no school restrictions as of May 4 in kindergartens and elementary schools. All students can attend school at the same time, go outdoors and attend a cafeteria. Social centers may be open.

However, teachers and other staff or guests may not have more than 500 people in one place. Entertainment e.g. spring holidays, spring trips and graduations can take place with that restriction.

High schools and universities are open, but the number of students is limited to a maximum of 500 persons. Sports at school are carried out according to restrictions for organised sports for adults. Sanitation and hand washing are encouraged.

Parents and other guardians are encouraged to read the Guidelines on children and the ban on gatherings.

What is not included in the ban on gatherings?

The ban does not apply to international airports, international harbours, aircraft, or ships. It is recommended that aggressive hygiene measures be taken and that operators take every possible precaution so as to reduce the potential for infection.

When will the ban on gatherings end?

The ban on gatherings will remain in effect until 5 July, but will be revised if necessary. The restrictions will be under continuous review so that they can be eased or temporarily lengthened as needed.

What is not included in the ban on gatherings?

The ban does not apply to international airports, international harbours, aircraft, or ships. It is recommended that aggressive hygiene measures be taken and that operators take every possible precaution so as to reduce the potential for infection.

When will the ban on gatherings end?

The ban on gatherings will remain in effect until 5 July, but will be revised if necessary.

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