Rules on Public Gatherings to Be Relaxed April 15

Vala Hafstað

Rules regarding public gatherings in Iceland will be relaxed starting tomorrow, April 15, reports. This was announced by Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir following a government meeting yesterday. According to the govenment website, the main changes will be the following:

The maximum number of people allowed to gather will be increased from 10 to 20.

Swimming pools and fitness centers will reopen, but may only admit 50 percent of the maximum number of guests their licenses allow.

Sports training and competitions, with and without physical contact, will be able to resume. No spectators will be allowed.

Stage activities will resume with restrictions.

Ski areas will be able to reopen, but may only admit 50 percent of the areas’ maximum capacity.

Up to 100 people may be in attendance at funerals, but up to 30 people at other religious gatherings.

The social distancing rule at all educational levels will change from two meters to one.

Preschool and grade school students will be able to take part in organized sports, as well as in youth and recreational activities.

Clubs, pubs, amusement arcades and slot machines will be permitted to reopen.

According to, pubs may stay open until 9 pm.

Driving lessons and flight training with an instructor will be permitted.  

The new rules are expected to remain in effect for three weeks.

For more detailed information, see the government website




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