End of domestic covid restrictions announced
All remaining face mask requirements will stop at midnight, and the general assembly limit will rise from 500 people to 2,000. Alcohol-licensed premises will be allowed to stay open an extra hour.
Four weeks from now, these rules will be dropped entirely, if everything goes to plan.
These announcements do not affect existing measaures at the border.
Health minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir announced the changes after this morning’s cabinet meeting.
Svandís told reporters outside the government meeting house that the situation at Landspítali national university hospital has not significantly affected the decision-making on this occasion. There are currently seven COVID-19 patients in hospital; none of whom are in intensive care. “We just need to learn from experience, and we have been derestricting in stages during the pandemic—except in July, when we took that big step and are still dealing with the repercussions of that. This is nearly a total derestriction. There is very little remaining.”
Svandís says the announced changes are in line with the recommendations of the chief epidemiologist. In his latest memo, he spoke about an assembly limit between 1,000 and 2,000.
80 new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed yesterday, including nearly half outside of quarantine. It was the highest daily number since late August, but the number of coronavirus patients in hospital remains unchanged.