On Wednesday February 23rd, Iceland dropped all remaining COVID-19 mandates and restrictions.
Icelandic authorities stated natural immunity from COVID-19 was necessary to end the “pandemic.”
The Icelandic Ministry of Health stated, “Widespread societal resistance to COVID-19 is the main route out of the epidemic. To achieve this – as many people as possible need to be infected with the virus as the vaccines are not enough, even though they provide good protection against serious illness.”
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Iceland's government is not just lifting all Covid restrictions, they are saying it's about time for everyone to get infected… pic.twitter.com/cC8fqC1H0A
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Natural News reported:
Icelanders will no longer be required to comply with curfews or limit public gatherings to under 200 people effective Feb. 25. COVID-19 measures for travelers at Iceland’s borders will also be lifted “regardless of whether individuals are vaccinated or unvaccinated.”
Health Minister Willum Thor Thorsson confirmed the lifting of restrictions during a Feb. 23 cabinet meeting. “We can truly rejoice at this turning point, but nonetheless – I encourage people to be careful, practice personal infection prevention measures and not to interact with others if they notice symptoms,” he said.
Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir told reporters on the same day: “We are returning to normal life, but the virus is still with us.” She added that Iceland may re-impose new restrictions if the situation calls for it.
This was not the first time Iceland lifted COVID-19 restrictions, having done so in the summer periods of 2020 and 2021. However, the Feb. 23 announcement signaled the first time Reykjavik lifted border restrictions.
GreatGameIndia noted Iceland’s refusal to institute vaccine passports:
Despite imposing social gathering restrictions during the pandemic, Iceland has defied its European neighbors by rejecting to introduce vaccine passports.
According to Worldcrunch, Iceland’s choice to avoid controversial policies was “a conscious choice in a small nation to try to avoid conflict in society.”
As European countries and large U.S. cities started deploying COVID jab passport programs last year, Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist Thorolfur Gudnason warned there was “no basis” for the small Nordic country to jump on board and create a two-tiered community.
Conversely, in Europe and the United States, forced COVID jab regulations have exacerbated societal tensions. Top-down mandates have resulted in the dismissal of unvaccinated employees, the exclusion of individuals from public spaces, and the rift amongst family members.