Quarantine case thrown out, questions remain

08.04.2021 - 10:02
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The Landsréttur appeals court neither confirmed nor rejected the Reykjavík District Court verdict that it is not legal to force Icelandic residents returning from high-risk countries to spend their five days’ quarantine at a specific hotel. The case was instead thrown out, which means the lower court’s ruling stands.

The appeal was brought by the chief epidemiologist, who wanted the hotel quarantine rule to be declared legal, but was thrown out due to what the court called a lack of legally vested interests—partly because the original complainants are no longer in quarantine. 

Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason is now working on recommendations to the health minister for border security measures that would fit within the law as it stands. 

Several politicians, including Ólafur Þór Gunnarsson from the health minister’s Vinstri grænir (Left Green) party, have said the appeal outcome is disappointing because it is not a verdict either way. Ólafur says health minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir should not face pressure to resign over the issue, but should instead concentrate on a new, legal rule to prevent COVID-19 entering Iceland. 

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