COVID-19 Instructions for Outdoor and Indoor Areas

Restrictions on the size of gatherings depends on the decision of the authorities at any given time.

As per current regulations, all indoor and outdoor areas may not accommodate more than 500 people.

Areas should be separated by at least a 2-metre high division or a 1-metre gap that cannot be crossed.

In all areas, individuals should not enter if they:

  • Are in quarantine.
  • Are in isolation (also while waiting for screening results).
  • Have symptoms of COVID-19 disease (such as cold, cough, fever, headache, bone or muscle aches, fatigue, shortness of breath).

Those that have been in isolation due to COVID-19 infection in the last 14 days should pay special attention to hygiene and infection control.

Children born 2006 and later are exempt from the number that can gather, physical distancing and from the use of face masks.

At gatherings, in workplaces and during all other activities a 1-metre physical distancing between unrelated individuals must be ensured including between adults and unrelated children. Performances sports and cultural events are exempt from the 1-metre rule including for guests that are seated.

Restaurants can accomodate 500 customers in an area and all should be registered with name, national ID/date of birth and phone number. 

Shops may accept up to 500 customers and facemasks are required if the 1-metre distancing rule can not be ensured.

Up to 500 seated individuals are allowed per area at performances and cultural events, including on stage. Audience should wear a face mask indoors except when eating or drinking. Intermission and consession stand (snack bar) is permitted. Audience should be registered by name, national ID/date of birth and phone number and in numbered seats if seated.

The maximum number of participating individuals allowed at sports training sessions and at competitions/games is 500 per area. Spectators are allowed and required to wear a facemask indoors if 1-metre distancing is not ensured. Spectators should be registered by name, national ID/date of birth and phone number and in numbered seats if seated. The National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland (ÍSÍ) sets further rules in collaboration with the Chief Epidemiologist, e.g. about spectators.

Despite the general limit of 500 people, up to 1,500 people may attend events that meet all of the following conditions:

  1. All guests born in 2005 and earlier present a negative COVID-19 test (antigen) which must not be older than 48 hours.
  2. The 1-metre distance rule is required except when guests are seated.
  3. All guests are registered with name, ID number and telephone number and seated guests are registered in seats.
  4. Where it is not possible to maintain a 1-metre distance between standing guests indoors, all guests must wear a face mask.

Events are also allowed at primary and secondary schools for up to 1,500 guests, provided that guests present a negative test result (antigen) which must not be older than 48 hours. Such events are exempt from the distance rule and the obligation to wear a face mask. All guests must be registered with their name, ID number and telephone number.

The maximum number at health and fitness centers and swimming pools is the maximum number of guests allowed under the operating license. However, each area in a health and fitness center shall not exceed 500 people and the 1-metre distancing is required; customers must be registered. See further instructions from the Chief Epidemiologist.

Camp and caravan sites may receive the maximum number allowed in each zone up to 500 people in an area. The 1-metre physical distancing rule applies between unrelated individuals. See instructions from the Chief Epidemiologist and the Icelandic Tourist Board.

Easy access to hand washing facilities and/or hand sanitiser must be provided in each area and at least at entrances and in shops by the checkout counters and shopping carts.

Each area must be clearly defined and no mixing is allowed between areas. Each area must preferably have its own entrance and exit. If the same entrance/exit is used there cannot be any mixing of individuals from different areas during entry and exit. Ventilation is important so doors and/or windows should be open at the entrance/exit if possible. Common surface areas chould be cleaned regularly.

Toilets must be separate for each area. Toilets cannot under any circumstances be used for more than one area.

Employees including servers may not move between areas.

Indoor surface areas should be cleaned and disinfected at least daily but more often if possible. Ventilation should be attended to and doors and/or windows opened for at least 15 minutes (or longer) as many times during the day as possible.

Guests should be urged to exercise caution and respect the physical distancing rule and infection prevention. Posters are available at for display as reminders.

Fyrst birt 01.07.2020
Síðast uppfært 15.09.2021

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