Members of the neighbourhood police body have been incorporated in planning for monitoring the stepped-up lockdown measures announced on Monday by the Minister of Health to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Meanwhile President Anastasiades assured via social media that he will not tolerate any abuse of power by members of law enforcement, in response to relevant criticism voiced by the public following the announcement of the new rules.
Head of community policing Petros Pattouras told philenews that all members of local police have been placed at the disposal of the state to help with ensuring the enforcement of the new stricter measures that include the limiting of outings to once a day, the prohibition of house gatherings involving people other than the permanent residents and the issuing of 300 euro fines for violation of the decree.
In addition, citizens that participate in the Neighbourhood Observation scheme have received a text message on their mobile phones requesting them to help contain the spread of Covid-19 by reporting any violations that come to their attention on the number 1460.
In his communication with Neighbourhood Observer groups, Pattouras asked them to not move around on foot in their areas for their own safety, calling them instead to report violations by telephone during their transit to work or in their own neighbourhood.
President Nicos Anastasiades in a message published on Facebook said that he understands some public reactions criticising the new measures on movement restriction.
“I share the discomfort caused by this new way of life imposed not only upon us but upon billions of people globally due to the pandemic.
“I would like you to understand that every time the government is forced to take stricter movement measures I go through an acute conscience test.
“But the issue is not what I would like to do but what I have to do under these circumstances to feel that I did not fall short of my responsibilities at a time of hard decisions.
“Mine and the government’s responsibility is to safeguard the health, the life and job security of each and every one of you.
“In so doing, I will not tolerate any abuse of power violating without cause citizens’ family privacy.
“I would rather be harshly judged for my decisions today than face your pain and bitterness for loss of your loved ones’ lives because of my diffidence.
“With the same boldness I have taken painful decisions in the past, I will do so now. In the same way we overcame the crisis then, we will also win this battle now.
“We will make it.”
Κατανοώ τις αντιδράσεις μιας μερίδας πολιτών για τα νέα μέτρα της κατ΄ εξαίρεση διακίνησης. Συμμερίζομαι τη δυσφορία που…