News Coronavirus Coronavirus: Which businesses will close and which will remain open under lockdown

Coronavirus: Which businesses will close and which will remain open under lockdown

These are the retail businesses that will remain open and those that will close following the President’s lockdown announcement on Monday night in effect from 6 pm on Tuesday March 24 until 6 am on April 13:

REMAIN OPEN:

Vital businesses that will remain open are food and drink sellers (supermarkets, grocery stores, butchers, fishmongers, bakeries, pastry shops, wine cellars), pharmacies, gas stations, establishments that provide food and drink services provided they do so by delivery (restaurants, coffee shops, bars), establishments providing drive through services, kiosks and mini markets.

Also open will be private health services (clinical labs) and car wash businesses, given they apply all announced prevention measures.

The above services are not allowed to sell products sold by retail companies whose operation is suspended.

BUSINESSES/ACTIVITIES WHOSE OPERATION IS SUSPENDED:

-Any form of open markets, bazaars and street vendors

-Building sites with the exception of social utility projects that will obtain a special permit from the Minister of Transport

-Gatherings at churches, mosques and other prayer establishments is prohibited

-The Easter tradition of ‘Lambradjia’ is prohibited and any such preparations will be removed by police

-The operation of all retail businesses is suspended except for the following:

Businesses and workshops of disabled and orthopaedic merchandise

Businesses and workshops of medical and industrial gases and machinery

Opticians and their workshops

Hearing aids retailers

Car and motorbike workshops

Tyre retailers

Businesses selling and repairing bicycles

Dry cleaners

Courier services

Businesses selling pet food or vet medicine

Telecommunication providers (for bill payments, top-ups, repairs and replacements of mobile devices)

Businesses selling pesticides, fertilisers and other agricultural equipment

Car and motor vehicle dealers

Funeral offices

Flower shops and garden centres

All retail businesses, including the above, are allowed to provide electronic or telephone commerce services with home delivery.

All retail businesses that are allowed to remain open should abide by all measures announced to prevent the spread of Covid-19, including ensuring that no crowding takes place inside stores (one person per 8 m2).

Read more:

Coronavirus: Full text of address of President Anastasiades announcing the lockdown

Top Stories

127 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday

The Health Ministry announced 127 new COVID-19 cases on 21 October, out of 3,309 laboratory tests, taking confirmed infections to 2, 966. The break-down of...

Non-reversible damage to the sight of five patients operated for cataract

The damage to the sight of five out of the eight patients who were operated for cataract and presented serious complications due to infection...

Committee to prepare list of animals for pet shops; reactions

For the first time in Cyprus a list will be prepared with the animals that can be sold in pet shops, however, the issue...

Medical Association on Cyprus’ epidemiological situation

The Cyprus Medical Association is once again asking the public and businesses to make sure not to violate any protocols and to dutifully respect...

15-year-old missing since 20 October (PHOTO)

Police are looking for 15-year-old Antzel Ioannou, who has been reported missing from her place of residence in Nicosia since yesterday, 20 October. Ioannou is...

Taste

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...

Mezedes

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...