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Capital region subject to even stricter COVID-19 rules

07.10.2020 - 11:51
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Iceland's capital region is, from today, subject to even stricter contagion prevention rules than those that came into effect two days ago. They are introduced because the current outbreak is centred primarily on the capital at this time.

The rules implemented on Monday remain in force and unchanged for most of the country. The additional measures apply to the capital region only.

The new rules in the capital include changing the one-metre rule back to a two-metre rule, which now includes educational establishments (such as colleges and universities) serving students born before 2005 as well.

Services requiring distances of less than two metres between people are once again prohibited, even with face masks. This means that hair salons, beauty parlours, massage parlours, tattoo parlours, and simlar services are all now closed. Medical services are exempt from the rule, however.

Customers in shops are required to wear face masks if two metres cannot be maintained to other people at all times. Households are encouraged to delegate one person to shop and not to go shopping together.

Swimming pools, spas, and other bathing facilities are now completely closed.

Indoor sports and fitness activities that require contact or the risk of contact between people, or the use of shared equipment, are now prohibited.

Outdoor sports are permitted, though spectators must be separated into sealed groups of no more than 20. Spectators must wear face masks and sit in designated seating.

Theatres, cinemas, and music venues cannot welcome more than 20 guests at a time. Audience members must wear face masks and sit in designated seating.

Most bars and pubs are already closed, but those remaining open because they sell food - as well as restaurants and cafés - must now close at 21.00 each day instead of the previous 23.00.

Exemptions:

Although swimming pools are closed, they are permitted to open for school swimming lessons for children born in or after 2005.

Youth sports and recreational activities are permitted for children born in or after 2005. Competitions and tournaments, however, are not allowed to go ahead.

As before, children born in or after 2005 are exempt from the 20-person assembly limit.

The harder rules are scheduled to run in the capital region until 19th October. The capital region is defined as: Garðabær, Hafnarfjörður, Kjósahreppur, Kópavogur, Mosfellsbær, Reykjavík, and Seltjarnarnes.

87 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Iceland yesterday, including 41 who were not already in quarantine. 18 people are receiving hospital treatment.

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