Partial lockdown expected in Cyprus

A partial lockdown for the whole of Cyprus is expected to be announced in the coming days with an aim to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further, after the disquieting three-digit numbers of cases recorded on a daily basis, reliable sources have told CNA.

The first step will be extending the restrictive measures currently applied in Limassol and Paphos to include other districts, a measure to be tabled at the Council of Ministers of Wednesday for a final decision.

Sources told CNA that further measures were also possible for the Limassol and Paphos districts, where the situation is extremely disturbing.

The measures already in force in Limassol and Paphos, and expected to be imposed island-wide, are the closing of restaurants and bars at 2230 with delivery services available after that time, a curfew from 2300 till 0500 the next morning excluding emergencies, the suspension of all afternoon sports and social activities for children under the age of 18, and the suspension of all sports championships for the under 18 age group.

Island-wide measures currently in effect are wearing a mask at all times in indoor and outdoor public places, private gatherings for up to 10 persons, seating limitations for restaurants, religious congregations according to protocols, sports events without spectators, cinema and theatre hall restrictions to half their seating capacity, restrictions for weddings and baptisms, and special hours reserved for the elderly and the disabled at shops.

Michael Yiakoumi

Michael Yiakoumi

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