The coronavirus pandemic changes everything including the way the Mediterranean island’s October 1 independence day military parade should take place, Philenews reported on Wednesday.
The health protocols to be put in place despite the fact the popular parade takes place outdoors will come under review at a Defence Ministry meeting on Friday.
Health authorities do not exclude the possibility of the annual parade to be postponed but the Defence Ministry seems to be against this.
“The parade takes place outdoors but crowds gather and it is difficult to maintain social distancing rules but the Ministry really wants it to take place,” an insider said.
“The question is under what conditions this should be done, along with the exact number of attendees to be allowed. Plus, it could be shorter in duration than in previous years,” added the insider.
The parade is held on Iosif HadjiIosif Avenue in Strovolos, Nicosia.