Dregið úr takmörkunum á samkomum og skólahaldi frá 4. maí

15/04/2020

Forsætisráðherra, heilbrigðisráðherra og dómsmálaráðherra kynntu á blaðamannafundi þann 14. apríl næstu skref stjórnvalda vegna Covid-19.

 

Helstu breytingar sem verða 4. maí næstkomandi:

Fjöldamörk samkomubanns miðast við 50 einstaklinga í stað 20 áður. Reglur um tveggja metra fjarlægð haldast óbreyttar.

Skólastarf í leik- og grunnskólum verður með eðlilegum hætti.

Í framhalds- og háskólum gildir meginreglan um hámark 50 einstaklinga í sama rými.

Ýmis þjónusta: Hárgreiðslustofur, nuddstofur, sjúkraþjálfun, snyrtistofur, söfn og sambærileg starfsemi geta hafið starfsemi en halda skal 2 m fjarlægð milli viðskiptavina eins og kostur er.

Heilbrigðisþjónusta: Öll heilbrigðisstarfsemi sem ekki felur í sér valkvæðar skurðaðgerðir eða aðrar ífarandi aðgerðir verður heimil. Tannlækningar verða einnig heimilar.

Skipulagt íþróttastarf barna á leik- og grunnskólaaldri verður heimilt utandyra með eftirfarandi takmörkunum:

  • Ekki fleiri en 50 einstaklingar verða saman í hóp.
  • Halda skal tveggja metra fjarlægð eftir því sem það er unnt, einkum hjá eldri börnum.

 

Annað skipulagt íþróttastarf er heimilt utandyra með eftirfarandi takmörkunum:

  • Ekki fleiri en fjórir einstaklingar æfa eða leika saman.
  • Snertingar eru óheimilar og halda skal tveimur metrum á milli einstaklinga.
  • Notkun á sameiginlegum búnaði skal haldið í lágmarki en annars skal sótthreinsa hann á milli notkunar.

 

Nokkur atriði sem haldast óbreytt:

  • Undanþágur fyrir efnahagslega mikilvæg fyrirtæki verða óbreyttar.
  • Líkt og hingað til verður heimilt að taka á móti 100 einstaklingum í matvöruverslunum og lyfjaverslunum hverju sinni að uppfylltum tilteknum skilyrðum.
  • Sundlaugar og líkamsræktarstöðvar verða áfram lokaðar.
  • Reglur um skemmtistaði, krár, spilasali og svipaða starfsemi verða óbreyttar og slíkir staðir því áfram lokaðir.
  • Fyrirmæli landlæknis frá 23. mars sl. um valkvæðar skurðaðgerðir eða aðrar ífarandi aðgerðir haldast óbreytt.

 


 

Restrictions to be gradually lifted starting 4 May

At a press conference today, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Health, and the Minister of Justice introduced steps to lift the restrictions currently in place in Iceland due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Minister of Health announced her decision to ease restrictions on larger gatherings and limitations on schools and preschools.

As of 4 May, larger gatherings will be limited to 50 people, instead of 20, and service providers, such as hair salons and dentists, will be able to open their doors again. High schools and universities will reopen with certain limitations, while elementary schools and preschools will return to normal. The decision is based on the recommendations of the Chief Epidemiologist.

More than 1700 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Iceland, and over 100 people have been hospitalized due to the virus. In recent days, the rate of new infections has slowed. The outbreak is thought to have reached its peak and is now on moving down, as a result of to wide-ranging containment and mitigation measures. The prevalence of the virus among the general population seems to be about 1%, according to the large-scale screening undertaken by the biotech company deCode. It remains necessary to maintain a certain level of restrictions, in order to prevent a second wave of infections. Thus, the Chief Epidemiologist proposes measures will be lifted incrementally and reviewed every three to four weeks.

Main changes from 4 May

Limits on large gatherings will go from 20 to 50 people. The two-meter social distancing rule will still be in effect.

Schools and preschools will operate normally.

High schools and universities will reopen, but the 50-person limit and two-meter social distancing measures apply.

Various services: Hair salons, massage parlours, physical therapy clinics, beauty parlours, museums, and other similar services can reopen, but are to maintain the two-meter social distancing rule as possible.

Healthcare: Healthcare and dental practices (elective surgery excluded) will resume.

Organized sports activities for children are permitted outdoors with limitations:

  • Groups will be limited to no more than 50 children.
  • Participants are to keep two meters apart as possible, especially in older age groups.

Other organized sports activities are permitted outdoors with limitations:

  • No more than four individuals can train or play together.
  • Touching is prohibited, and individuals are to stay two meters apart.
  • The use of shared equipment should be limited, and all equipment sanitized after every use.

The following measures will remain in effect:

  • Exemptions for economically significant companies will remain unchanged.
  • As before, grocery stores and pharmacies can allow up to 100 people to enter their establishments simultaneously.
  • Swimming pools and gym facilities will remain closed.
  • Nightclubs, bars, and similar businesses will remain closed.
  • The Directorate of Health’s instructions regarding the postponement of elective surgeries will remain in effect.

 

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