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The Minister of Health has decided on changes to the preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, taking effect on 10 December 2020. On that date, some cautious relaxations will be made to the restrictions on the size of gatherings, and the new rules will remain in force until 12 January 2021.
The Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture has published the first comprehensive policy on film industry and film culture. The Ministry and leading members of the film industry joined forces in developing the policy, working in close collaboration.
"Icelandic filmmaking has advanced and is now of the highest quality. It helps us to strengthen and preserve the language, reflect the present and understand the cultural heritage. It creates value for the Treasury, creates thousands of direct and indirect jobs and enjoys international respect.
Iceland’s Ministry of Culture has launched the government’s first comprehensive policy for the film industry. Titled “Film Policy Until 2030 – An art form at a Crossroads,” the initiative is part of a policy to diversify the Icelandic economy with an emphasis on creative industries. Iceland is one of few countries where film production has continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the measures presented today, Iceland is expected to achieve a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 – The binding Effort Sharing reduction target to meet the commitments of the Paris Agreement requires 29% reduction.
Icelandic companies that have suffered substantial revenue losses due to the COVID-19 crisis will be given the opportunity to apply for government support to pay a portion of salary costs during the employee notice period, protecting workers’ rights and preventing a wave of corporate insolvencies.