Significant easing of domestic restrictions take effect today

24. Feb 2021

The Government of Iceland announced yesterday new loosening on COVID-19 measures. The general limit on gatherings will be raised from 20 to 50, with ongoing emphasis on distancing and other personal precautions.

The new rules will allow fans to attend sporting events and higher number of spectators to attend cultural events, where attendees are seated, face in the same direction, wear facemasks and the opportunities for mingling are reduced.

The maximum number of people allowed cultural, religious and sports settings, as well as shops will be 200. Bars and restaurants can stay open until 23:00, and capacity restrictions at public swimming pools and gyms have been loosened.

This is done considering the favourable epidemiological trend in the past few months. The current 14-day domestic incidence rate is 1.4 per 100 thousand inhabitants. Most domestic infections identified in the past few weeks have been due to old and inactive infections.

  • In-person attendance at sporting events is allowed again
  • Limits on attendance at cultural events raised to 200
  • Higher level education returning to normalcy
  • Low threshold testing, contact tracing, quarantine of exposed individuals and isolation of all cases remain vital tools

Schooling at the secondary level

This also marks a significant milestone for schooling at the secondary level. While schooling has been close to normal for students under 16, some restrictions have been in place for secondary schools and tertiary education has mostly been moved online. As of today: 

  • A general limit of 150 people within confined areas will apply to higher level schooling, including universities. 
  • A one-meter distancing rule will apply in schools and masks will only be required where it is not possible to guarantee the distancing rule.

See further here from the Icelandic Government