New COVID rules announcement expected tomorrow

03.05.2021 - 15:02
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The current COVID-19 prevention rules within Iceland expire at the end of Wednesday and the health minister is expected to announce new, less strict, rules tomorrow.

Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason has not revealed details of his recommendations to the minister, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, who says she expects to announce the new package of rules after Tuesday morning’s cabinet meeting.

The general assembly limit in Iceland is 20 people and the government plan for easing restrictions calls for an assembly limit somewhere between 20 and 200 people from early May. Þórólfur wants to ease restrictions slowly while new cases of the virus are being recorded in society. 

There were four new cases diagnosed yesterday in Iceland, and all were already in quarantine. The last unquarantined cases were three, last Wednesday. 

The authorities also plan to broaden the scope for exemptions to assembly and personal distance requirements in certain workplace environments from early May.  

35 percent of the nation is expected to have received at least one vaccine dose by early May, and 50 percent by the end of the month; at which time further relaxations are planned. 

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