As from tomorrow, Wednesday, 13 January 2021, children born in 2005 or later will be required to go into quarantine along with their parents or guardians after entering Iceland under a new regulation on quarantine, isolation and testing at Iceland’s border to combat COVID-19 that has been issued by the Minister of Health. The regulation, which was proposed by the Chief Epidemiologist, has been sent for publication in the Government Gazette. It takes effect as from 13 January and will remain in force until 31 January.
In his memorandum to the minister, the Chief Epidemiologist noted that while the COVID-19 pandemic has been relatively well contained within the country, it has surged in most other countries recently, largely due to the emergence and spread of a new strain that was first identified in Britain. This has been found to be more infectious than the earlier strains, and there are also indications that children are more susceptible to it. The proposal to oblige children entering the country to go into quarantine was therefore made so as to resist the spread of the virus in Iceland.