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COVID19: Impact of stricter rules on town services

8. Oct 2020

This weekend, the Minister of Health confirmed new regulations on restrictions on meetings and school activities, which provide for stricter measures to combat the spread of COVID19. These regulations came into force from midnight on the eve of 5 October and midnight on the eve of 7 October and are valid until and including 19 October next.

The town's administrative structure and services remain mostly unchanged

Hafnarfjarðarbær's organisational structure and services will, in spite of these stricter rules, remain unchanged and all actions, now as before, are aimed at maintaining daily activities as much as possible and ensuring the activities and services that need to remain uninterrupted at all levels. The maximum number of people who can come together now is 20 people and all relevant activities of the municipality take this into account. There is still a strong emphasis on infection control in all places, 2 meter distance restrictions (as of October 7) and compartment where applicable. Hafnarfjarðarbær's emergency management is on duty and meets regularly.

Focus on answering the phone, via email, email and Facebook

The Service Centre is open except at noon all working days or from 12-13 all. All emphasis is placed on electronic communication or phone services. Customers are encouraged to send an e-mail to hafnarfjordur@hafnarfjordur.is, chat with staff in an online chat at www.hafnarfjordur.is, send a suggestion through the suggestion portal or call tel. 585-5500 to minimise joint traffic, restrict traffic and ensure everyone's safety. 

Information on the impact on the municipality's services

  • Child protection - there is no change in the child protection services of Hafnarfjörður.
  • Hafnarfjörður Library - Hafnarfjörður's museums will be closed from October 8 to October 19 and all events have been postponed or cancelled.
  • Hafnarfjörður Regional Museum - Hafnarfjörður's museums will be closed from October 8 to October 19 and all events have been postponed or cancelled.
  • Daycare - daycare at Hrafnista is open as well as day training in Drafnarhús and Sólvangur. Restrictions are placed on the arrival of persons other than service users in housing.
  • Leisure for senior citizens -leisure for senior citizens is open, but registration is required in all cases so that number and distance restrictions can be met. Craft, darts, art painting and billiards are available these days, but other events have been postponed. Restrictions are placed on the arrival of persons other than service users in housing. Mask duty.
  • Kletturinn Leisure Club - the activities are intact. Staff and service users are divided into infection control groups with compartments and appropriate number and proximity restrictions.
  • Primary schools - no restrictions apply to children born in 2005 and later but only to older people. These individuals are subject to a maximum rule of 20 people in schools and a one-meter proximity limit. The same applies to leisure activities, sports and leisure activities for pre-school and primary school children. Adult access is restricted to schools and parents are asked to respect the 2 meter rule and the use of masks if a visit to the school is necessary.
  • Hafnarborg - Hafnarfjarðarbær's museums will be closed from October 8 to October 19 and all events have been postponed or cancelled.
  • Hafnarfjarðarhöfn - emphasis is placed on keeping port areas open for the arrival of ships and services as much as possible to ensure access to the country. The harbour office and weighing house are open for necessary traffic
  • Pre-schools - no restrictions apply to children born in 2005 and later only to older people. For those individuals, the maximum rule of 20 people and the one-meter proximity limit apply. The same applies to youth work, sports and leisure activities for pre-school and primary school children. Adult access is restricted to kindergartens and parents are asked to respect the 2 meter rule and the use of masks when coming and picking up the children.
  • Lækur - service for people with mental health problems. The operation is unimpaired.
  • Food service for senior citizens - home delivered food is available for those who cannot take care of cooking for a short or long period of time. Food deliveries every day of the year. The canteen for senior citizens at Hjallabraut 33 and the canteen at Sólvangsvegur 1 is open, but registration is required so that the number and distance restrictions can be met.
  • Garbage collection - work according to a waste management calendar and waste collection is on schedule.
  • Support services for the elderly - there has been little change in home services for those who have registered services and request services. 
  • Municipal swimming pools and sports centers - all swimming pools will be closed to the public from Wednesday 7 October to 19 October or until further notice.
  • Work- and activity-oriented support services for the disabled - activity oriented support services for the disabled every working day from 8-17, remains intact, but evening work is cancelled. Staff and service users are divided into infection control groups with compartments and appropriate number and proximity restrictions.
  • Events - all events organised by the municipality have been postponed and this also applies to events within cultural institutions. If any events are held until October 19, they will be electronic.


The website www.covid.is contains updated and accurate information for the general public about the Covid19 virus. 

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