Quarantine Facility in Reykjavík Closed

Fosshotel Lind.

Fosshotel Lind. Photo/Íslandshótel

Vala Hafstað

Fosshotel Lind in Reykjavík, which in early March was converted into a quarantine for tourists and others unable to be in quarantine at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, has been closed, Morgunblaðið reports.

Gylfi Þór Þorsteinsson, manager of the facility, states that the last guests checked out on Wednesday, last week, and it is the view of authorities that the facility is no longer needed.

“As the numbers show, COVID-19 is subsiding – at least for the time being,” Gylfi states. He adds that he is ready to reopen the hotel to people in quarantine, should Iceland experience another wave of the disease.

Gylfi Þór Þorsteinsson, manager of the quarantine facility.

Gylfi Þór Þorsteinsson, manager of the quarantine facility. mbl.is/Ásdís

The building was rented by the Icelandic State at the end of February to be used to house tourists who had to be quarantined. Since being converted into a quarantine facility, the building has housed a total of 50 people – most of them Icelanders. Forty Red Cross volunteers have participated in operating the facility.

The operation went very well, Gylfi states. “Fortunately, none of the people who worked here got sick,” he adds. He is not worried about plans to open Icelandic borders June 15 and does not believe that will require reopening the facility.

“Those who arrive in the country have no doubt made plans regarding accommodation,” he states.

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