26.2.2021 News : Special leisure grant: Application deadline extended!

Did you know that you may be entitled to a grant from your local authority to enable your child to play sport or take part in leisure activities? As part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, children born in the years 2005-2014 who live in households where the adults supporting them have a total income of less than ISK 740,000 per month, on average, in the months of March-July 2020 qualify for such grants.


14.4.2021 News : Swimming pools open again

Changes to the preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic that take effect tomorrow, April 15th, allow the opening of swimming pools for up to 50% of the maximum number of guests. The validity of a new rules is until May 5th 2021, unless otherwise advertised. Children born 2005 and later are not included in the number of guests. Special attention is drawn to the fact that it is possible to see the number of pool guests in swimming pools at any given time on the website.


14.4.2021 News : Vehicles without number plates left in public areas

Recently, it has been reported that vehicles without registration numbers are left in open and public areas, and the municipality has received numerous complaints about this. It has therefore been decided to launch a special campaign for vehicles that do not have number plates placed on sidewalks, open areas, uninhabited plots and paths and can obstruct vision and create danger or promote the sadly beautiful appearance of the town. This applies in particular to certain districts, but such vehicles can be found within almost all districts.


14.4.2021 News : Relaxation of restrictions on gatherings and in schools

The general restrictions will go from 10 to 20 persons; sports, swimming and health centre activities will resume, with restrictions; as will stage art activities; and the ski areas can reopen. As for schools, the proximity limits at all school levels will go from 2 metres to 1 metre, and children in preschools and primary schools will again be able to partake in organised sports, youth and recreational activities. This is the gist of the relaxation of the disease prevention rules that were announced by the Minister of Health in the government’s meeting today, in keeping with the recommendations of the Chief Epidemiologist. Regulations on the changes are being drawn up and will be published later today. They are expected to remain in place for 3 weeks.


10.4.2021 News : COVID-19: Border measures

Clearer requirements are made for home quarantine, regarding housing and rules of conduct. Those who are unable to stay in a home quarantine that fulfils the requirements will need to stay at a quarantine facility. However, no fee shall be collected for the stay. This is among the stipulations of a new regulation issued by the Minister of Health that entered into force on the 9th of April and is based on recommendations from the Chief Epidemiologist. The principal aim is to reduce as possible the risk of bringing infections to the country by measures allowed by the Health Security and Communicable Diseases Act. The regulation repeals regulation no. 355/2021 which entered into force on the 1st of April, including provisions requiring individuals from risk zones to stay in a quarantine facility which were deemed to have had insufficient legal basis by the District Court of Reykjavik.


10.4.2021 News : Guidelines for the public - Health risks due to air pollution from volcanic eruptions

The booklet was translated and localised from the IVHHN booklet: The health hazards of volcanic acids and geothermal gases. With the supervision of: Chief Epidemiologist , Environment Agency of Iceland, The Icelandic Meteorological Office, Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, University of Iceland Institute of Earth Sciences, National University Hospital of Iceland, Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority, The Icelandic Red Cross, Association of Health Inspection Areas in Iceland and The Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue.