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 20 people. No mixing is allowed between areas. Areas should be separated by at least a 2 meter high division or a 2 meter gap that cannot be crossed.

At gatherings, in workplaces and during all other activities a 2 meter physical distancing between unrelated individuals must be ensured including between adults and unrelated children.

In all areas, individuals should not enter if they are:

  • In quarantine
  • In isolation
  • Symptomatic and waiting for test results

Those who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 disease (such as cold, cough, fever, headache, bone or muscle aches, fatigue, shortness of breath) should undergo a PCR test immediately and take special precautions until the results are obtained.

Children born 2016 and later are exempt from physical distancing and children born 2006 and later are exempt from the use of face masks.

Despite a general limitation of 20 people that can gather, there is a 200 people limit on the number of people that can attend a sit down event where all guests born 2015 and before present a negative COVID-19 test (rapid antigen test or PCR) that is no more than 48 hours old (those that present a positive PCR test that is 14-180 days old are exempt). At such events 1 meter distancing and the use of facemasks is required.

Easy access to hand washing 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. Employees including servers may not move between areas.

Ventilation should be attended to and doors and/or windows opened for at 15 minutes or longer as many times during the day as possible.

Indoor surface areas should be cleaned and disinfected at least daily but more often if possible.

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

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

Stores and museums may accommodate 50 people in an area and additional five customers per 10 m², for a maximum of 500 customers in an area, provided that the 2 meter distancing is respected.

Up to 50 people are allowed at seated events, such as religious and life-viewing events, at sporting events, in cinemas and theaters, provided that the guests are not facing each other, 1 meter distancing must be respected and facemasks used . Alcoholic beverages may not be sold.

The maximum number of participats allowed at sports training sessions and at competitions/games is 50 people per area. Seated spectators can be 50 people (as above) or 20 people if standing room only. The National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland (ÍSÍ) sets further rules in collaboration with the Chief Epidemiologist,

The maximum number of health and fitness centers, swimming and bathing areas is 50% of the maximum number of guests allowed under the operating license (children born in 2016 and later are not included).

Restaurants, cafés, pubs and entertainment venues may accommodate a maximum of 20 guests and alchohol must only be served to seated guests. A 1 meter distancing must be maintained between seated guests (on 23 December, these establishments may accommodate 50 people in an area).

The maximum number in pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary education and at primary school leisure time is 50 students in an area. Mixing of groups is allowed. In common areas at all school levels, it is permissible to deviate from the number limit. The maximum number of staff in an area in schools is 20 people and it is permitted to move between areas. 1 meter distancing between students in classrooms must be respected, but otherwise students in tertiary schools and universities must wear a mask. Distancing rules do not apply to children of preschool age and do not apply to staff interacting with those children.

The restrictions on gatherings do not apply to health care institutions, public transport, buses, domestic flights, passenger ferries and first line responders, such as the police, fire brigade, rescue teams, ambulances and health care workers. Furthermore, the provision does not apply to the work of the Government, the Council of State, the National Security Council, Althing and the Courts.

Fyrst birt 01.07.2020
Síðast uppfært 23.12.2021

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