Iceland becomes first country in Europe to lift ALL Covid restrictions.

  • Icelanders will no longer need to wear masks or keep a safe distance from others
  • All Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted from Saturday, health minister confirmed
  • Government said 87 per cent of Icelanders received first dose of a Covid vaccine
  • It has infection incidence of 1.6 per 100,000 inhabitants on two-week average

Iceland will be the first country in Europe to lift all its Covid-19 restrictions as it is set to scrap face masks and social distancing, the country’s health minister said today.

The North Atlantic country will lift all its domestic restrictions on Saturday in accordance with recommendations made by Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason.

Iceland’s current Covid restrictions, which include a 300-person gathering limit, mandatory mask use for selected activities and a one-metre distancing rule, will all be lifted from midnight.

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‘We are restoring the society we are used to living in and which we have longed for,’ Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir said on Friday morning.


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