News Local Court suspends operation of Protaras venue

Court suspends operation of Protaras venue

 

Famagusta district court on Tuesday suspended the operation of a venue in Protaras that was reported by police several times over the long weekend for operating without a licence and breaking the quarantine law.

The decision was announced by Justice Minister Yiorgos Savvides, who with Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou, had taken to Twitter on Sunday to castigate the irresponsible behaviour which threatens to undo Cyprus’ progress in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.

“At the request of Cyprus police Famagusta district court issued a decree temporarily suspending the operation of a recreation centre in Protaras which during the three day (weekend) operated without a licence and violated the quarantine law. The court order has been served,” Savvides said on Twitter.

Earlier, police spokesman Christos Andreou had told CyBC that police had issued repeated warnings to the manager and had then prepared charges which they submitted to court today, together with an application the court suspend the operation of the establishment.

The business faces five charges of breaking the quarantine law and four for operating without a licence. The trial for all nine was set for June 16.

On the same day, the defendants can make their case regarding the court order temporarily suspending the operation of the venue.

He said that police do not have the authority to close down a venue but can only file charges and request the court suspend operations. The penalty currently stands at up to 2000 euro fine and/or six months in prison.

However, cabinet has approved tougher penalties which are currently being considered by the House of Representatives.

The police spokesman said that this was not the only catering establishment to have broken the quarantine decree. Over the long weekend, police had carried out more than 1900 checks and booked 32 premises most of them restaurants and cafeterias.  Violations included having more people than permitted at their premises, staff not wearing masks and gloves and absence of signage.

 

Police to charge venue, ask for suspension of operation

Top Stories

Scientific advisory committee to convene on Monday under President Anastasiades

Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, will preside on Monday morning over a meeting of the scientific advisory committee on COVID-19. According to CNA information, during the...

Polish medics depart for Slovakia to help mass testing

A group of 200 Polish medics departed for neighbouring Slovakia on Friday (January 22) to help in a week-long testing campaign in the central...

Highest death toll of COVID-19 patients recorded in December

A total of 24 people diagnosed with COVID-19 died in the second week of 2021, corresponding to 11% of the total death toll since...

Troodos ski resort ready to receive skiers after lifting of restrictive measures

The Troodos Ski Resort has been ready as of December to receive the first skiers when the restrictive measures are lifted and the epidemiological...

30-year-old arrested for breaking into and stealing from photo studio

A 30-year-old in Paphos has been remanded in custody for breaking into and stealing from a photo studio. The police are also looking for...

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...