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Cyprus on verge of total lockdown, expected to come in effect as of Sunday

Cyprus is on the verge of a total lockdown just like the one back in March with the only exception being the continued operation of the island’s airports, informed sources told Philenews.

The stricter new measures aiming to curb the alarming spread of the coronavirus will be announced by the Health Minister around 1pm on Friday after a Cabinet meeting.

These will probably come in effect as of Sunday evening and end on January 31, insiders also said.

In the meantime, government spokesman Kyriacos Koushos has already sent the message: “The upcoming measures will certainly be stricter than the ones we have in place today.”

“As for aid packages towards businesses whose operation will be suspended these should be announced by Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou either on Friday or the latest on Monday.”

The most likely lockdown scenario, in effect as of Sunday,  provides the following:

  • Essential services such as supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries and confectioneries remain in operation
  • Private sector companies which do not serve the public remain in operation but with strict protocols applied
  • Dining places will only be open for ‘home food delivery’
  • Banks will operate under strict restrictions and with cashiers providing service only to cases where the transaction cannot be processed online or through ATMs
  • Hairdressers, barbershops and beauty salons will suspend operation
  • Companies that have already suspended operation under previous decrees continue to have the same status
  • Hotels continue to operate but only for tourists from overseas who have already made reservations. That is, it will not be possible to make a reservation as from Sunday and up until restrictive measures are lifted

Regarding education:

—Primary and secondary school students stay at home and distance learning is applied.

—Kindergartens and nurseries remain in operation

As regards sports:

—All Division A championships for all sports continues

—Athletes who are training for championships will continue practice

As regards movement of citizens:

—Calling 8998 and text messages are coming back

—Every citizen will be entitled to two outings per day.  Trips for work purposes are excluded.

At the same time, church services will be carried out without the presence of faithful. And up to 10 people will be allowed to  attend weddings, funerals and baptisms.

Churches will be open for individual prayer only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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