New COVID rules start today
The anti-contagion rules in Iceland relaxed slightly from midnight and the new rules are expected to stay in place until 17th February. Here are all the details:
- The main change is the increase of the general assembly limit from ten people up to 20. This includes up to 20 guests at restaurants (which previously had special permission to accept 15 guests rather than ten).
- Gyms can now open for group sessions with 50 percent of usual capacity. Sport practice (children and adults alike) is now allowed for up to 50 people at a time. Sporting competitions are allowed again, without spectators. Skiing facilities are allowed to open.
- The two-metre and face mask rules remain unchanged.
- Bars and clubs remain closed.
- Theatres, cinemas, concert halls, etc are permitted up to 50 people on stage for rehearsals and performances alike. There may be up to 100 adults and 100 children in the audience, wearing face masks, and in allocated seating registered to them by name.
- Up to 100 people may gather for funerals, though children born in 2005 and later are not counted in that figure. Only 20 people may attend the wake afterwards.
- Children born in 2005 and later remain exempt from border testing when entering the country, but must now quarantine alongside their adult travel companions and may not return to school immediately.
- The proposal to force those refusing COVID-19 testing when entering the country to spend their 14 days’ quarantine at an official quarantine centre requires a change to the law that has not happened yet. Further details on border testing/quarantine are expected soon.