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 50 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. Individuals should respect the 2-metre physical distancing between individuals who are not connected. Adults need to keep distance from 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 50 customers in an area and all should be registered in numbered seats.

Shops may accept 5 customers per 10 m2 with a maximum of 200 customers in an area. Up to 20 employees are allowed in the same area as customers if the 2 metre distancing rule can be ensured.

Up to 150 individuals are allowed to attend religious and secular services. Everyone must be registered. At any associated gatherings the maximum number of people is 50.

For the performing arts and other cultural events, up to 75 individuals are allowed on stage. Up to 150 seated guests are allowed in each area and all guests must be registered and seated 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 for children and adults is 75. The National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland (ÍSÍ) sets further rules in collaboration with the Chief Epidemiologist, e.g. about spectators.

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.

Common contact surfaces must be cleaned and disinfected at least daily or 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 extreme caution and respect physical distancing rule and infection prevention. Posters are available for display as reminders.


Fyrst birt 01.07.2020
Síðast uppfært 10.05.2021

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