Iceland-based Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason does not rule out the possibility that COVID-19 related restrictions will persist to some extent in the coming years, reported local media.
A 200-person gathering limit, one-meter distance, and restricted opening hours for bars and nightclubs have been reimposed in Iceland just weeks after all domestic restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic were lifted.
Asked on July 27, 2021, if there is no clear way out of the COVID-19 epidemic, now that lockdown measures are being proposed in Iceland despite vast vaccinations, a Reykjavík newspaper reported he said, "It can be quite like that, no one can say with certainty what the future will be like."
"That's what we've always been saying, too, that there's no predictability in this. It is nothing new, and many people complain that it is not possible to bring predictability in operations and such, but it is not possible when the virus is unpredictable, and something new comes up that changes what you thought a few months ago."
Þórólfur said that the coronary virus epidemic would not end in this country (Iceland) until it ends worldwide.
"I believe that if people decide on certain actions, then there is nothing left to wait for. Then I think people should make it take effect as soon as possible, "he says.
The Icelandic authorities recently announced that all vaccinated people and those recovered from COVID-19 must present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken within 72 hours before reaching the country, starting July 27, 2021.