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 150 people (with certain exceptions). 

In all areas, individuals should not enter if they:

  • Are in quarantine.
  • Are in isolation (also while waiting for screening results).
  • Have symptoms of 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 and 14 days have not passed since discharge should pay special attention to hygiene and hand cleaning and they should avoid contact with vulnerable individuals.

Children born 2015 and later are exempt from the number that can gather. Children born 2005 and later are exempt from the use of face masks.

At gatherings, in workplaces and during all other activities it must be ensured that a 2-metre physical distancing between unrelated individuals is possible. However, in schools, at spectator events, in restaurants and swimming pools, 1 metre-rule applies.

Physical distancing between unrelated individuals must be respected including between adults and unrelated children.

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

Restaurants can accomodate 150 customers in an area and all should be registered in numbered seats. 1 metre distancing rule applies between unrelated individuals.

Shops may accept 5 customers per 10 m2 if the 2 metre distancing rule can be ensured.

Up to 300 individuals are allowed to attend religious and secular services. Everyone must be registered in numbered seats and 1-metre distancing rule applies and face masks should be used. At any associated gatherings the maximum number of people is 150.

For the performing arts and other cultural events, 150 individuals are allowed in any area. 300 seated guests are allowed in each area and all guests must be registered in numbered seats.The distance between unrelated guests must be at least 1 meter. Guests should wear a face mask except when consuming beverages or food.

The maximum number of participating individuals allowed at sports training sessions and at competitions is 150. The National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland (ÍSÍ) sets further rules in collaboration with the Chief Epidemiologist, e.g. about spectators.

The maximum number at health and fitness centers and swimming pools is based on the maximum number of guests allowed under the operating license. If the maximum number of guests is not registered, the number allowed as per the changing rooms shall be used. Each area in a health and fitness center shall not exceed 150 people respecting the 2 meter distancing rule. Customers must register in advance. See further instructions given by the Chief Epidemiologist.
Camp sites may receive the maximum number of allowed in each zone. the 2 meter physical distancing rule applies and where distancing is not possible a face mask must be used.

Easy access to hand washing facilities and/or hand sanitiser must be provided in each area.

Each area must be clearly defined and no contact 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 helpful so doors and/or windows should be open at the entrance/exit if possible and common surface areas 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 covid.is for display as reminders.


Fyrst birt 01.07.2020
Síðast uppfært 27.05.2021

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