Covid rules to relax further from midnight

14.09.2021 - 11:41
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The general assembly limit will rise from 200 to 500 people and bars, restaurants, clubs, and other hospitality venues will be allowed to stay open an extra hour—until 01.00 (with no new guests admitted after midnight). These are among the changes announced by the health minister today.

Events as large as 1,500 people will be allowed with the use of rapid testing. Svandís Svavarsdóttir, health minister, also confirmed changes will be made to enable large events at schools; such as proms, which have been postponed throughout the pandemic.

Current face mask rules will remain unchanged: face masks are compulsory where the one metre rule cannot be guaranteed, such as in taxis, on public transport, hair salons, beauty parlours, and similar locations.

29 new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed domestically yesterday and the 14-day infection rate per 100,000 people stands at 135 after peaking at over 430 in August.

The current rules had been scheduled to last until Saturday but will now expire at the end of today. The rules in place from tomorrow are set to run until after the 25th September election, which means it is not yet clear who will present the next change. Svandís Svavarsdóttir is running for re-election to Alþingi, but she may not remain Minister of Health after the election.

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Alexander Elliott
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