New relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions as of Monday

As of Monday, a SafePass is no longer required for outdoor activities in Cyprus while the curfew has been extended to midnight from 11pm.

The new relaxation of coronavirus measures was announced by Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou on Friday.

Ioannou justified the relaxation saying the holiday island’s epidemiological picture has improved and the number of people vaccinated against Covid-19 increased.

The SafePass, enforced last week, is no longer be required to visit outdoor seating areas of cafés, restaurants and bars as well as outdoor theatres and cinemas.

Hospitality sector owners had previously slammed the government for the measure, arguing the restriction discourages people from visiting their establishments.

However, the pass will remain as a requirement for anyone aged 12 and over to visit indoor hospitality venues.

The Minister also said a SafePass will still be required to visit gyms, theatres, shopping malls, hotels and places of worship among other crowded places as well as old peoples’ homes.

Events such as weddings, baptisms, funerals and conferences will also be allowed with a maximum of 200 people provided they are seated.

And also provided the number does not exceed 30 per cent of the space’s capacity.

The operation of outside entertainment parks and playgrounds is also allowed as of Monday.

Capacity of theatres and cinemas is set at 50 people or 30 per cent indoors and 50 per cent outdoors.

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