03/11/2021

New Covid restrictions (KvF)

Bars and nightclubs are advised to close, and no more than 50 people should gather at events for the next ten days

The government today issued new guidelines to limit further spread of Covid.

The following set of recommendations, valid from today to Friday 12 November, is based on advice from the epidemic commission:

• All events with more than 50 participants should be postponed.

• Sports events can proceed as usual but without spectators.

• Schools and daycare centres affected by Covid should close. Decisions on individual institutions will be made by the school and daycare advisory commission in consultation with the health authorities.

• Leisure activities for children and youths should be suspended in areas affected by Covid.

• Nightlife venues across the country should close. This does not apply to restaurants.

• Everyone entering the country from abroad is still advised to do a follow-up test two days after arrival.

• The Covid helpline (phone number: 304040) will reopen tomorrow.

• Extensive testing and contact tracing will continue.

Border testing

From 15 November, any arrivals from abroad who do not possess a vaccine passport will be required to get tested at the borders.

In other words, arrivals who are not fully vaccinated, do not possess negative Covid test results no more than 72 hours old or cannot show proof of immunity through antibody test results must be tested.

The government says it will request the epidemic commission to implement these border testing measures earlier than 15 November.

“This pandemic has taught us that the situation can change from one day to the next, and we are seeing proof of that right now. Sadly, it appears that the high infection rates we have been seeing over the past week are continuing,” wrote Prime Minister Bárður á Steig Nielsen in a press release issued this morning.

“Our current precautionary measures have not been enough to curb the infection rate, which is why we are now introducing some tougher restrictions.”

For further information about Covid-19 in the Faroes, visit www.corona.fo.

Read the Faroese version of this article here.

(KvF)

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