News Local Coronavirus: About 30 people booked for violating ban on movement

Coronavirus: About 30 people booked for violating ban on movement

Police last night booked some 30 people out and about without the necessary documents after new restrictions came into force at 6 pm on Tuesday, police spokesman Christos Andreou told CyBC on Wednesday morning.

He said that 110 patrol cars and 250 police officers had been out islandwide, carrying out “a large number of checks” both on highways, the secondary road network and in the towns and villages. Checks were carried out both on cars and on pedestrians, he added.

There were between 30 to 35 bookings.  Among them were seven youths booked in Strovolos for wandering around the neighbourhood without cause, a driver in the Morphou area without the required documents who verbally abused the police officer who had stopped him and was also arrested, 10 cases in Limassol and seven in Paphos.

The spokesman said that police’s instructions were to be strict in enforcing the decrees. But in cases where individuals had some discrepancy in their documents, police will explain procedures to them.

The police effort has been boosted by personnel from locations such as the airports and ports where needs have changed because of the coronavirus outbreak. They and members of the National Guard who were under police instructions at the airports have joined patrols to check compliance, he said.

Violation of the decree carries a fine of 150 euro. But pending approval of amendments to enable police to issue on the spot fines, individuals are reported and will be charged under existing laws which carry even bigger fines after a court decision.

Asked about church services held at 4 pm yesterday in Limassol to bypass the lockdown,  the spokesman said that 15 churches had been checked and none were found to be in violation of rules setting a 75 people maximum to any indoor gathering.

Read more

Coronavirus: Forms for confirmation of movement in English and SMS instructions under lockdown

Top Stories

UK helps employers with slow phase-in of job shield costs

British finance minister Rishi Sunak offered fresh help to employers hit by the coronavirus shutdown on Friday, announcing that future contributions they must make...

One new Covid-19 case from repatriations

There was one new Covid-19 case in Cyprus, the Health Ministry said on Friday, from a total of 2363 tests, bringing the total number...

Limassol: Dead body found in warehouse

  A body has been found in the light shaft of a warehouse on Nicos Georgiou street in Limassol, philenews reports. It said the body of...

Holy Synod to allow weddings during pre-Christmas fasting period

As a result of Covid-prompted wedding postponements, the Holy Synod has decided to allow wedding ceremonies during the pre-Christmas fasting period this year until...

President to discuss phase 3 with scientific advisors on Tuesday

  The team of scientists advising the government on the coronavirus outbreak are due to hold a new meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday...


Local cuisine: An introduction

Rich in fresh ingredients and tasty herbs, offers the very best of Mediterranean culinary delights. Head out to a tavern and feast on a...

Spiced lamb with beetroot salad and scented yoghurt

Lay the lamb on a tray, skin side down. Rub with crushed garlic, sprinkle with spices and ground pistachios, wrap in plastic wrap and...

Easy seafood pasta with white wine sauce

Ingredients: 2-3 tbsp olive oil 1 garlic clove, chopped 2-3 tablespoons of whipped cream 1/3 cup white wine 300g spaghetti, roughly broken 300-400g of...

Traditional salads that will blow your mind away

This traditional salads will make you actually love salads! Cyprus may be famous for souvla and kleftiko but if you try the traditional salads with...