The Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas Administration Major General Rob Thomson met with Republic of Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Health officials this morning and had productive discussions relating to the Coronavirus outbreak, the British Bases said in an announcement on Tuesday evening.
He said: “We shared our perspectives on the threat presented by coronavirus and how we are responding. We agreed that we are ‘in step’. The measures being imposed on the bases and in the ROC in order to best protect our residents were discussed. We are keeping all measures under constant review. We have committed to continuous dialogue, cooperation and coordination to ensure coherence of effort and consistency of approach in dealing with this situation.”
An SBAA spokesperson said: “We are working closely with the Republic of Cyprus to combat the Coronavirus outbreak and to protect our community. The safety of our people is our top priority. We have aligned with the measures introduced by the Republic including on social distancing and prohibiting public gatherings, the closure of shops, gyms, cinemas and restaurants; cancelling all non-operational activity and exercises, visits and sporting events.
“All MOD schools in Cyprus will also now close at the end of the school day tomorrow (Wednesday 18th March) until Monday 20th April at the end of the Easter School holidays
“We have also banned all but the most essential operational and family travel into RAF Akrotiri. All arrivals are medically screened on arrival and undergo a compulsory 14 day isolation period. All of our people displaying symptoms are being tested.
“Our aim is to look after our people, whether in uniform or not”’.