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Cabinet to decide on opening of airports, hotels on Friday


The Council of Ministers will decide on Friday on an action plan to reopen airports and hotels, deputy government spokesman Panayiotis Sendonas said on Wednesday,

He was speaking after a meeting of President Nicos Anastasiades with the scientific team of advisers on the coronavirus outbreak.

Also taking part were the ministers of health, transport, finance, labour, foreign affairs and justice as well as the deputy minister of tourism.

“The focus of the meeting was the plan of action of the government for the gradual lifting of the restrictive measures on flights to Larnaca and Paphos Airports and the reopening of the airports in general,” Sendonas said.

Also discussed was the plan and the timeline for the reopening of hotels, he added.

The president heard the views of the experts on a range of issues which concern the planning such as for example, the phases for the opening of the airports, the grouping of countries, the setting of criteria and preconditions for each category and the preventive and hygiene measures, Sendonas said.

“Decisions on the action plan for the reopening of the airports and of the hotels will be taken by the Council of Ministers on Friday,” he said.

Citing sources, CyBC said that the president has asked for information on the coronavirus situation in 20 countries.

It added that there was considerable discussion on the issue of whether visitors will be required to show they have undergone a Covid-19 test and also as regards the issue of quarantine.

When initially announced the government had said that hotels and airports were part of phase 3 (June 9 – July 13).

It has said the opening of the airports will be ‘gradual and under conditions,’ with the details to be fleshed out by a ministerial committee working with the epidemiological as part of an action plan.

This includes the time plan and the various phases for the resumption of flights and the countries with which air connectivity will be restored.

There will also be provisions regarding the trip with measures for airports and the changes to infrastructure that will be needed.

Also covered will be entry requirements, such as whether a coronavirus test will be required before boarding or on arrival, and provisions as to how full a plane will be.

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