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Cyprus takes first step to gradual return to normality

With Cyprus poised to ease the lockdown tomorrow, President Nicos Anastasiades and Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou on Sunday urged everyone to behave responsibly to ensure the first steps lead to the gradual return to normality.

On Facebook, Anastasiades posted a video with the following message: “Tomorrow we are taking the first slow steps of exiting our shelters. This creates an additional responsibility. We must all protect with our behaviour ourselves, our loved us, our friends, our colleagues, our compatriots. We must strictly adhere to the personal hygiene protocols and the health and safety rules in our workplaces and the places we visit,” he adds.

“A little longer. With prudence, consistency and patience we will make it.”

The Health Minister shared a similar message.

“The start tomorrow of the first stage of the strategy for a gradual lifting of the restrictive measures is an important message for a return to normality,” he wrote as he echoed calls to strictly adhere to hygiene and protection measures.

Ioannou said it was important for everyone, the public, employees and employers to be disciplined to ensure the situation remains manageable.

“The period that starts now is a milestone in the road that will lead us with safety to our families, our friends, the places and habits we have missed. We rely on the responsibility of citizens and I am confident that with cooperation and goodwill, Cyprus will continue to deal with the crisis in an exemplary way. We leave our houses safely,” he wrote.

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