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Coronavirus: New decree expands list of services designated as essential

A new decree has designated the Labour and Health Ministries as well as the health services of local authorities and of the wider public service as essential services and staff have been asked to return to work.

It is the latest in a flurry of decisions as Cyprus ramps up efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

There are 58 confirmed cases and much of the island is in effective lock down with people urged to stay home.

The decree follows that of March 16 and expands the staff who are deemed essential who are told  return/remain at work.

(a) Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance and all the departments affiliated with it

(b) Health Ministry including all its departments and units as well as the state health services organisation (Okipi) and the Health Insurance Organisation

(c) the health services of local authorities and the wider public sector

Employees who belong to the category of vulnerable groups will be used in other duties so that their health is not placed at risk. Those who wish to abstain to work can request sick leave.

The decree revoked the suspension of the operation of car workshops, but prohibits the washing of the interiors of cars at car washes and petrol stations until April 13.

Moreover, the decree exempts hotels which host personnel being houses there under bilateral and international agreements from the decree ordering the closure of hotels. These can remain open only for this purpose.

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