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Covid-19 Actions

20th of October 2020

Restrictions on sizes of gatherings and certain school activities applying from 20th of October 2020

New regulations have taken effect. The regulations will remain in force until 10th of November, with the exception of interim provisions applying to the metropolitan area, which will apply until 3 November.

Restrictions under the new rules, related to sports, are as follows:

Swimming pools and bathing establishments: Swimming pools and bathing establishments are closed.

Indoor sports and physical fitness activities are prohibited. Fitness training, body-building, sports and comparable activities that involve physical contact or the risk of physical contact, or close proximity, or where the shared use of equipment could entail a risk of infection, may not be pursued indoors. 

Outdoor sports: Outdoor sporting activities are permitted, but spectators at outdoor sporting events must be divided into separate groups of not more than 20 persons. They must wear face-masks and sit in numbered seats.

Restrictions applying in the metropolitan area – principal changes:

All sports and leisure activities for children of pre-school (kindergarten) age and junior-school age, including school swimming lessons, which involve physical contact, is prohibited. Thus, sports and leisure activities that do not involve physical contact are permitted. All sports and leisure activities that do not involve mixing between groups over and above that which takes place in the classroom, e.g. breaktime activities or physical education classes in schools, are therefore permitted.

Sports and fitness activities: Subject to certain conditions, sports and fitness activities may be organised and pursued providing that these are structured group sessions in which all participants are registered, the maximum size of each group being 20 persons. In these cases, the 2-metre social distance rule shall be observed, participants may not exchange equipment during the session and all equipment shall be disinfected between sessions.  Shared use of equipment that is fixed to the floor, ceiling or wall, or of large items of equipment (e.g. in fitness and body-building centres) is prohibited.

For further information: The website Covid.is in english here.

 

7th of October 2020

Stricter rules to combat infection in the metropolitan area

The Minister of Health has accepted the recommendations of the Chief Epidemiologist for stricter limits on the size of gatherings in the metropolitan area. The metropolitan area includes: Reykjavík, Seltjarnarnesbær, Mosfellsbær, Kjósarhreppur, Hafnarfjarðarkaupstaður, Garðabær and Kópavogur. These stricter rules take effect on 7 October 2020. The restrictions announced here will remain in force until 19th of October. 

Restrictions under the new rules, related to sports, are as follows:

Swimming pools and bathing establishments: Swimming pools and bathing establishments are closed.

Indoor sports and physical fitness activities are prohibited. Fitness training, body-building, sports and comparable activities that involve physical contact or the risk of physical contact, or close proximity, or where the shared use of equipment could entail a risk of infection, may not be pursued indoors. 

Outdoor sports: Outdoor sporting activities are permitted, but spectators at outdoor sporting events must be divided into separate groups of not more than 20 persons. They must wear face-masks and sit in numbered seats. 

For further information: The website Covid.is in english here.

 

4th of October 2020

Changes to the rules on gathering sizes and schools

New regulations setting out stricter measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 have been approved by the Minister of Healt and took effect at midnight on 4 October 2020. With certain exceptions, the size of gatherings is now restricted to 20 persons.

Gatherings are restricted to 20 persons. Fitness centers, bars, night-clubs and gaming establishments are closed. The number of guests in swimming pools may not exceed 50% of the maximum permitted in their operating licenses. The social distance requirement remains 1 metre; where it is not possible to maintain this, the use of face-masks is obligatory.

Competitive sports involving physical contact are permitted, with a maximum of 50 participants, subject to certain conditions.

Spectators at sporting events: Spectators are not permitted at indoor sporting events. Spectators may attend outdoor sporting events, divided into groups of up to 100 sitting in separate areas. Seats shall be numbered, the names of those sitting in them must be recorded and all spectators are required to wear face-masks.

For further information: The website Covid.is in english here.

 

4th of September 2020

Less stringent restrictions on gatherings take effect on 7th of September 2020

The Minister of Health has issued new regulation on measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, following guidelines proposed by the Chief Epidemiologist. 

The ´social distancing´ rule will be relaxed from 2 meters to 1 meter and the maximum size of gatherings will be increased from 100 to 200 people on Monday, 7th of September 2020.

For further information: The website Covid.is in english here.

 

13th of August 2020

Modified rules on restrictions on public gatherings take effect on 14th of August 2020

The Minister of Health announced today that rules on social distancing will be eased for colleges, universities, and sports.

Otherwise, the general rule of the two-meter social distancing between individuals still applies. In circumstances where the two-meter distance cannot be maintained and on public transoprt journeys lasting more than 30 minutes, face masks should be worn. A 100-person limit of larger gatherings still applies.

For further information: The website Covid.is in english here.

 

3rd of April 2020

Ban on assembly due to Covid-19 is extended until 4th of May 2020

The Minister of Health announced today that the strict ban on assembly is extended.

This means that all gatherings are limited to 20 people, whether in public or private spaces, and the requirement of a two-meter distance is also enforced. Hygiene and quarantine should be followed. The ban is in force until 4th of May 2020.

For further information: The website Covid.is in english here.

 

22nd of March 2020

A strict ban on assembly due to Covid-19 until 12th of April 2020

The Minister of Health announced yesterday that at midnight today, March 23rd, at. 24:00 a strict ban on assembly takes affect.

This means that all gatherings are limited to 20 people, whether in public or private spaces, and the requirement of a two-meter distance is also enforced. Hygiene and quarantine should be followed. The ban is in force until 12th of April 2020.

For further information: The website Covid.is in english here.

 

20th of March 2020

All sports activities are cancelled

The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture has issued guidelines for participation in sports for children, youth and adults.

Regarding the sports activities of children and youth The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education recommend that no sports activities should take place until the restriction of schooling ends. 

Regarding the sports activities of adults The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education recommend that no sports activities should take place if it involves contact or proximity between practitioners of less than 2 meters.

At the same time, the ministries encourage sports organizers to sustain social work by utilizing the technology to manage their teams and stay in touch with practitioners and encourage them to participate in appropriate activities and movement.

For further information: The website Covid.is in english here.


15th of March 2020

Sports in Iceland and Covid-19

The National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland (ÍSÍ) would like to announce the following:

The Directorate of Health, the Chief Epidemiologist and the Civil Protection Department has stated to ÍSÍ that due to difficulty organizing work in preschools and elementary schools, in accordance with the rules currently in force regarding a four week ban on public events taking effect 16th of March, that guidelines for youth participation in sports have not been completed. Thus, there will be disruption in sports activities over the next few days until sports clubs, the school community and municipalities have come up with solutions that will apply for the next four weeks.
In order to properly implement the restrictions that are currently in force, it is advisable to assume that sports activities for this age group will not start until Monday 23rd of March. ÍSÍ recommends that these recommendations be complied with.
Regarding the sporting activities of adults ÍSÍ recommends that the instructions given by the Minister of Health is followed. The restrictions are that there are no more than 100 people gathered in the same space, whether indoors or outdoors and to respect to have at least 2 meters in between persons. It is also necessary to take steps to clean or disinfect equipment or exercise areas daily and ensure access to sanitary facilities for hand washing and disinfection. It is clear that these conditions may exclude practice of numerous sports. The sports clubs, individually, must therefore, communicate with their members what sporting activities they consider to be able to fulfill the conditions given by the respective authorities. It should be reiterated that no discount should be given to the requirements set by the authorities to counteract the spread of this virus.
We are living an unprecedented time now, and it is important for everyone to work together to make it as bearable as possible. By solidarity and by the fact that everyone adheres to the rules that The Directorate of Health, the Chief Epidemiologist and the Civil Protection Department have issued, we can assume that we should be able to get through this time as successfully as possible.

ÍSÍ is in constant contact with the authorities and will share information with the sports movement as they arrive.

For further information: The website Covid.is in english here.