News Local €80,150 in out of court fines in 17 days

€80,150 in out of court fines in 17 days


Police have issued out of court fines totaling €80,150 in the 17 days since tougher penalties were approved for businesses found breaking decrees to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Michalis Hadjivasilis reports for Phileleftheros.

He said that with the adoption by the House of Representatives of the higher fines, police had stepped up their checks  of catering establishments.

From June 19 when the new penalties were adopted to yesterday, police carried out 10,175 checks and booked 130 businesses.  Fines were issued for not wearing a mask, for not keeping the two metres distance and for breaking the rule on the maximum of people permitted.

MPs approve higher fines for businesses that flout decrees

In one case, a venue was fined €8000 while another five were fined €4,000 each. In addition, eight were fined €300, another 83 were fined €500, three were fined €750, three received a €1,000 fine and two a €1,500 fine. Police have prepared case files for 25 cases to go to court.

So far, police have not had to make use of the power they have been given by the House of Representatives to close down premises for repeat offences.

Under the new regime, premises up to 50 square metres face a fine of €500 for a first offence and €1000 for a second offence.

For businesses of 51 square metres to 100 square metres, the first offence carries a fine of €750 and the second of €1,500.

The corresponding fines for businesses of 101 square metres to 200 square metres are €1,500 and €3,000 whereas for those 201 square metres to  500 square metres they are €4,000 and €8,000.

Finally, businesses which are bigger than 501 square metres face fines of €8,000 for a first offence and €16,000 for a second.

Previous articleComo Osteria
Next articleOvercrowded train in Sri Lanka

Top Stories

Greece makes representations over latest Turkish navtex

  Greece has made official representations to Ankara over its latest illegal maritime advisories, involving exploration in the Greek continental shelf off the island of...

Paphos supermarket employee fails to deliver 186 thousand in till money

  Police in Paphos are investigating a case of theft by a 53 year old employee of a major supermarket chain. According to a police report,...

Asia becomes second region to exceed 10m coronavirus cases

  Asia surpassed 10 million infections of the new coronavirus, the second-heaviest regional toll in the world, according to a Reuters tally, as cases continue...

Set your clocks-go back an hour tomorrow for the winter time

  Clocks go back an hour tomorrow for the winter time, though it still doesn't really feel like winter, mostly weather wise. At four tomorrow morning,...

Dozens of Covid charges as authorities intensify checks

  Police charged 34 individuals and 7 people with various offences connected to violations of relevant decrees against the spread of the coronavirus over the...


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...


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...