Iceland closes bars, gyms again to curb coronavirus spread

Iceland ordered on Monday bars, gyms and entertainment venues to close and has sharply cut the number of people allowed to gather in public in order to curb a recent rise in Covid-19 infections, news wires reported.

A maximum of 20 people will be allowed to gather in public, with some exceptions such as courts, parliament and universities, the health ministry said in a statement. The previous upper limit was 200 people. A social distancing rule of one meter will remain in place, while public swimming pools will operate at half capacity.

Iceland allowed bars and gyms to reopen in late May after combating the spread of the virus, but in the second half of September, like many other countries across Europe, saw an uptick in cases, registering up to 40 daily infections.

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