Regulation for Museums

Regulation on restrictions on gatherings due the pandemic shall apply as of May 10th and remain in force up to and including 26th of May 2021.

The regulation does not apply to international airports or ports or to aircraft and shipping between countries and fishing vessels. The regulation also does not apply to healthcare institutions, nursing homes and other comparable institutions. These institutions shall set special rules on infection prevention measures.

Limits to the number of people and social distancing do not apply to children born 2015 or later.

Number limits, proximity limits, mask use

Limits to the number of people at gatherings

  • The maximum number of people allowed in the same location is 50 persons, with certain restrictions, both in public and private locations.
  • Children Limits to the numbers of children, social distancing and obligation to wear a mask do not apply to children born 2015 or later. The obligation to wear a mask does not apply to children born 2005 or later.
  • Restrictions on the number of people do not apply to public transport, coach travel, domestic flights, passenger ferries and the work of response units such as the police, fire-fighters, Civil Protection assistants and healthcare workers. In addition, the provision does not apply to the work of the government, the State Council, the Alþingi (Parliament), the National Security Council and when the courts exercise their judicial powers.

Social distancing rules

At all workplaces and in other activities, the 2-metre distance limit between people who are not closely linked must be ensured.

Use of face masks

  • Masks must be worn wherever the 2-metre social distancing rule cannot be kept between individuals who are not closely linked, with the exception of schools and certain events where guests are seated in booked seats. The obligation to wear a mask does not apply to children born 2005 or later.
  • Face masks shall be used in public transport, in shops and other services. Face masks shall also be used where it is not possible to ensure a 2-metre distance limit such as in health services, domestic flights and ferries, public transport, taxis and coaches, in practical driving lessons and flight training, hairdressers, beauty salons, massage parlours, tattoo parlours, dog grooming salons, tanning salons and other similar activities. Face masks shall cover the nose and mouth.
  • Exempted from masks are those individuals who have already been infected with COVID-19 and completed isolation. Furthermore, those who do not have the understanding or maturity to use a face mask correctly or are unable to do so for other reasons, such as health reasons, are exempt from the obligation to wear a mask.

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