Police booked 379 drivers and pedestrians in the past 24 hours for breaking a stay at home decree that allows people to leave the house only for special reasons.
A police spokesman told the Cyprus News Agency that police had carried out 8955 checks from 6 am yesterday to 6 am today.
The offence carries an automatic €150 out of court fine. Police however have the authority to take perpetrators to court which under amendments approved on Friday can impose a sentence of a fine of up to €3000 and/or prison.
Nicosia — 2148 checks, 128 booked
Limassol — 841 checks, 88 booked
Larncaca — 1882 checks, 50 booked
Paphos — 1473 checks, 26 booked
Famagusta — 1485 checks, 44 booked
Morphou — 434 checks, 15 booked
In additional traffic police from HQ carried out 599 checks and booked 15 and MMAD checked 92 and booked four.
The spokesman said that over the same period, a total of 5192 checks were carried out on business premises and one was booked.
Justice Minister Yiorgos Savvides had warned yesterday that tougher measures were under consideration because many people were not complyng.