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Ministry of Health

COVID-19: Temporary closure of bars and night-clubs in metropolitan area

The Minister of Health has approved a proposal by the Chief Epidemiologist to close bars and night-clubs in Reykjavík and adjacent municipalities for four days, from 18 to 21 September 2020 in an effort to combat the upsurge of COVID-19 infections. A regulation announcing the closure has been issued by the minister and has already taken effect.

In his memorandum to the minister, the Chief Epidemiologist pointed out that of the 38 individual who proved positive in tests for infection, at least one quarter had visited particular bars or night-clubs in Reykjavík just over a week ago. It is therefore essential to take immediate action to prevent a significant upsurge in infections with all the consequences that would entail.

The closure affects bars and night-clubs in Reykjavík, Mosfellsbær, Hafnarfjörður, Garðabær, Kópavogur, Kjósarhreppur and Seltjarnarnes.


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