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Reasons citizens request to go out during lockdown

According to data released by the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy the highest number of SMS requests sent by Cypriots on Thursday 14 January were for supplies/services (No 2), followed by physical exercise (No 6). A total of 339,299 messages have been sent, of which 322,072 were valid and 318,102 were approved.

As of Sunday, January 10, Cyprus entered into a lockdown until January 31, with the public, expect those allowed to go to work, allowed to leave their house twice after obtaining permission via SMS.

A total of 130,071 SMS were sent for supplies/services, while the SMS for physical exercise amounted to 64,405. Less SMS messages (1,301) were sent for going to a ceremony (funeral, wedding, christening).

Categories of legitimate outings:

  1. Going to the pharmacy, visit a doctor, or give blood or for a COVID test or for vaccination
  2. Going to a supermarket to buy essential products, goods and services (groceries, food)
  3. Going to the bank when electronic transactions are not possible
  4. Absolutely necessary visits to a state or local agency
  5. Going out to help others who are in need of assistance or isolation, including those under quarantine
  6. Going out for physical exercise, in groups of up to two humans as long as the outing takes place in areas adjacent to the neighbourhood
  7. Attending a ceremony or service (funeral, wedding, baptism/christening) if guests are first or second degree relatives in groups of up to ten individuals
  8. Any other reason for going outside that can be justified under the measures as described in the latest decree on movement restrictions

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