Higher assembly limit next week

11.06.2021 - 10:54
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 Mynd: Ragnar Santos - RÚV
The next stage of removing COVID-19 prevention measures within Iceland has been announced and will go into force on 16th June. Among the changes is a rise in the general assembly limit to 300 people.

The two-metre rule will be replaced by a one-metre rule, though the current face mask requirement at seated events will remain, the health ministry press spokesperson has confirmed.

The government's timetable originally called for the removal of all domestic COVID measures in late June; at which point it was predicted 75 percent of eligible adults would have had one or both vaccination injections.

The timetable has so far proven fairly accurate, though its continued accuracy depends on the reliable delivery of vaccines to the country, as well as their administration.

Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason sent the health minister, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, two memos this week with recommendations for the next set of restrictions within Iceland from 16th June, and recommendations for border controls from 15th June, when the current regulations expire.

The new domestic rules therefore go into effect in time for National Day on 17th June -- a fact that will be welcomed by hospitality and service providers around the country.

One new COVID-19 case was identified within Iceland yesterday, and the individual was already in quarantine.

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Alexander Elliott
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