In Iceland, over 85% of the population over 16 is fully vaccinated.
Thanks to this, the country had lifted all its internal restrictions almost a month ago, claiming a first in Europe.
But with the Delta variant, the cards have been reshuffled with a surge in contaminations.
Since July 12, the island has been facing a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases: 355 new contaminations have been recorded.
We have to go back to the end of October to find such a large number of daily infections.
But, for the moment, serious cases remain few.
“Vaccination has progressed particularly well in Iceland and we can congratulate ourselves on that,” Katrin Jakobsdottir, Prime Minister on public television, said before adding: “However, we must take measures to alleviate the current situation.
Gauges, wearing a mask, distancing ...
From Sunday midnight until August 13, public gatherings will be limited to 200 people, the one-meter distancing rule will again come into force and bars and restaurants will have to close at 11 p.m.
In addition, swimming pools and sports halls will only be able to open at 75% of their capacity and the wearing of a mask will again be compulsory indoors.
Already last Monday, for tourists, the Ministry of Health had already announced to reinstate the requirement of a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours to be presented before arriving in Iceland for vaccinated travelers, regardless of their place of residence. residence. This measure will come into effect on July 27.