News Local Calls for self-discipline as lockdown eases

Calls for self-discipline as lockdown eases

Shops and construction sites reopen and the wider public sector goes back to work today as Cyprus takes the first steps in easing the lockdown with authorities urging discipline and responsibility during this crucial transitional period.

The general public will from today also be allowed three movements by exception — up from one — however still subject to SMS approval. The curfew will also start one hour later at 10 pm.

Cyprus takes first step to gradual return to normality

Police, boosted by scores of specially trained inspectors, will be out in force to check businesses resuming operation are complying with strict hygiene and protective measures, including distancing.

The first stage covers most of the retail sector but not department stores and shopping malls, and there are rules for employees and for customers.

After about 50 days of restrictions, stage one affects about  18,000 businesses in the retail sector and 8,400 in the construction sector. Together the two sectors account for about 70,000 employees.

Director general of the Employers and Industrialists Federation Michalis Antoniou spoke of a “day of joy but also of responsibility’.

The government has described Monday as a landmark on the road to return to normality but warned against complacency.

It is the first in four stages in lifting the lockdown and will be reviewed every two weeks based on the epidemiological situation.

Speaking on CyBC on Monday morning Constantinos Ioannou said that authorities were ‘on stand-by’ but not worried, adding that a rise in new cases was expected with the easing of measures but what was important was to ensure it remains manageable.

The easing of measures come as the number of new coronavirus cases remain steadily in single digits — overall the number so far is 872 since the first two cases were reported in Cyprus in early March  — and admissions to the referral hospital for Covid-19 continue to drop.

Despite the overall positive epidemiological picture, experts and authorities have been at pains to stress the need for diligent adherence to hygiene rules.

The Cyprus Medical Association issued a statement calling on everyone to make  hands – distance – masks the new norm.

President Nicos Anastasiades has appealed for patience, while police have warned that checks will continue and increase.

Eight new cases as Cyprus prepares to ease lockdown

Top Stories

No deaths for 3rd consecutive day, slight drop in new cases

  No deaths for a third day running and 243 new cases were recorded in Cyprus today, a drop in number in comparison to yesterday's...

Where to get a rapid test on Sunday 28 February

  Aiming at the continuous surveillance of the community and the workplaces, the free programmes of rapid antigen testing of the general population and employees...

Illegal sale of Salamis marble on Ebay stopped

  A Russian man attempted to sell a piece of marble from the ancient Salamis archaeological site in the occupied territories, obtained through smugglers. The Ebay...

Government guided by science on covid, not politics, Presidency says

  The government is always guided by scientific evidence on covid policies, not political expediences, said Director of President Anastasiades' press office Victoras Papadopoulos,  in...

Turkey supports two-state ‘vision’ Erdogan tells Tatar

  Ankara continues to steadfastly support a two state 'vision' for the settlement of the Cyprus issue, based on the so-called 'equality of sovereignty' and...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...