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Some COVID rules to relax next week

13.11.2020 - 13:10
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Iceland’s contagion prevention rules will be partially relaxed from 18th November, the health minister has confirmed in interview with RÚV.

Svandís Svavarsdóttir says hair salons and beauty parlours will re-open and assembly limits at schools will raise in order to allow further education establishments to operate more normally.

Svandís said in interview with RÚV journalist Höskuldur Kári Schram after today’s cabinet meeting that her new rules set to go into force on 18th November are all in line with the chief epidemiologist’s recommendations.  

Individual services that require less than two metres distance to customers, such as barbers’ shops, salons, massage and beauty parlours, will be allowed to re-open. Swimming pools and gyms will not re-open. 

Children’s and teenagers’ sports, both contact and non-contact, will be allowed again. 

Further education establishments will have a 25-person assembly limit with the two-metre rule, rather than the current ten—and not only for first-year students. 

The ten-person assembly limit in the rest of society will remain unchanged until at least 2nd December. 

No changes to border testing have been confirmed. 

“We are showing with this that we have reason to pull back just a little bit, but absolutely not too much because we must gain the upper hand and control the outbreak. That is incredibly important, not least in the lead up to Advent and Christmas,” Svandís says. 

There are no changes proposed to current rules on bars, restaurants, swimming pools, gyms, and other places under extra restrictions. 

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