Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou on Thursday meets the country’s covid-19 pandemic consultants to review the epidemiological state of play and exchange views on how to gradually lift the existing strict restrictive measures. The total lockdown is in effect till January 31.
At the same time, the health experts keep sending the message that more time is needed before a clear epidemiological picture can be drawn.
But retail and other sector representatives are crying out for an end to the closure of businesses which, they argue, it is leading them to bankruptcy, Philenews reports.
Friday is when the “technical committee” which consists of technocrats from the Ministries of Health, of Finance, of Labour and of Education is set to take action, according to insiders.
That is, with the participation of members of the scientific health committee they will begin recording data and preparing a plan to de-escalate restrictions and bans for each sector separately.
The return of students to schools and the resumption of classes with physical presence is expected to be top priority for this committee. As well as the Council of Ministers during their next meeting on Wednesday.
First in the series of de-escalation measures seems to be the lifting of restriction in the retail trade, in terms of small businesses as well as hairdressers, barbershops and beauty salons.
As for the text messages and restrictions on movement these appear certain to remain in effect even after February 1, since the goal of this measure is to reduce social contact as much as possible.