With the Omicron variant of the coronavirus spreading much faster than that of Delta health authorities in Cyprus on Tuesday are to finalise new stricter measures to curb it, according to Philenews.
The Health Ministry has already drafted proposals to be reviewed on Tuesday with the scientists advising the government on Covid-19.
The opening of schools early next week appears to be their main dilemma but insiders said postponing their opening is not an option despite warnings that this is where Omicron will hit the most.
In addition, further reduction of people in public gatherings, nightclubs and receptions should be expected. Along with a reduced number of people at home gatherings and other places.
Participation of faithful in water consecration ceremonies on Epiphany Day will most probably be banned. And measures on the operation of churches will probably also apply with the number of faithful at mass expected to be reduced drastically.
Moreover, as from Tuesday and up until January 15, passengers over 12 years of age arriving in Cyprus are required to submit a negative PCR laboratory test 48 hours before departure.
This applies to all passengers regardless of nationality and historical vaccination.
In addition, all passengers, regardless of historical vaccination, have to undergo a PCR laboratory examination at their own cost upon arrival in the Mediterranean island.