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16.04.2020 · The Government

Easing restrictions

Easing restrictions

On 8 April, the Government announced steps towards a gradual and careful resumption of normal activities in the Faroe Islands.

Daycare

Daycare will open again from Monday, 20 April 2020.

The week before will be used to prepare for reopening and the organization of daily activities.

Parents who prefer to keep their children at home can do so.

Preschool and early primary school

Preschool and grades 1 to 3 will return to normal classes from Monday 20 April 2020.

Classes are voluntary. There will be organized teaching but attendance will not be compulsory, so that parents who so wish and have the possibility, can keep their children at home. 

Afterschool recreation centers will also reopen from Monday 20 April 2020.

Grades 4 to 10 will continue to have classes from home. Pupils in grades 9 and 10 will not have final exams in the summer.

High schools and higher education

For the final year of high school, some classes will resume on school premises from Monday 20 April 2020.

Final exams for the graduating high school year are under consideration and will be adapted to circumstances.

Classes for other high school years will continue to take place remotely.

Vocational classes at the Technical College in Klaksvík and Glasir in Tórshavn will resume from Monday 20 April 2020.

Hairdressing pupils should not yet attend in person.

Students and staff at the University of the Faroe Islands will continue to work remotely. The plan is to conduct all exams in the summer, to the extent possible.

The hospital system

The measures in place to reduce the risk of infection will continue for the rest of April.

For patients this means that non-urgent procedures and examinations could still be postponed.

Hospital departments are currently considering how medical services can gradually increase in order to provide treatment for more people.

Social services

The Department of Social Services has prepared a detailed plan for how its services can resume.

The Department of Social Services is responsible for some of the most vulnerable members of the community. It is therefore of utmost importance that activities are resumed gradually, with special attention to ensuring the least possible risk of infection, in accordance with the official guidelines.

Sport

Sporting events can resume from Saturday 9 May under controlled conditions.

To begin with, it is recommended that both indoor winter sports and outdoor summer sports are played without spectators.

Public sector employees

Work in the public sector shall continue as usual, to the extent this is possible. This means that services for citizens and businesses should be provided as usual, while adhering to the guidelines for preventing infection.

As far as possible, employees in the public sector who can work from home should continue to do so.

Private sector

Some parts of the private sector will begin to increase their activities. As they do, it remains vitally important that all official guidelines for measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus continue to be followed closely.

Religious life

Churches and other congregations are advised to continue to organize their activities without gathering in person.

Bars, restaurants and venues

Bars, restaurants and venues are still advised not to remain open later than 22:00.

Travel

All travel to and from the Faroe Islands continues to be restricted.

New corona advisory group

A new corona advisory group has been set up, comprised of a range of relevant experts. They will be responsible for advising public institutions, businesses, associations and others about how workplaces can best adapt their activities in accordance with the guidelines to prevent infection.