Unnecessary movement of people will be restricted in Cyprus to contain COVID-19, President announces (1)

Unnecessary movement of people will be restricted in Cyprus, in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the President of Cyprus NicosAnastasiades announced on Monday.

In a televised address to the people, the President said that the ministerial committee which convened earlier today, authorized the Minster of Health to issue a decree, which will limit unnecessary movement of people from 6.00pm (local time) on Tuesday, March 24 until the 13th of April.

Exceptions will apply for those going to work, for the transport of goods for businesses allowed to operate, for those going to the doctor or the pharmacy and for banking purposes that can not be done online.

Moreover, people who are moving around to help others who are not able to take care of themselves, or need to protect themselves or are confined at home or are in quarantine, will also be exempt from restrictions.

Close relatives attending wedding, funerals or baptisms will not be restricted either, providing they don’t exceed a group of 10 people.

People who want to go out for physical activities or walk their pets will be also allowed to do so in their neighborhood, in groups of no more than two people.

All people moving around should carry their ID or passport as well as additional certificates that will be announced later.

President Anastasiades also announced that parks, playgrounds, open areas for sports, as well as public meeting places will be closed to the public from 6pm on Tuesday, March 24 until April 13, 2020.

Among others, people will not be allowed to attend places of religious worship, such as churches, mosques and other places of prayer.

“I want to make clear that the state will be relentless for those whowill violate or have violated the decrees issued by the state so far” the President added. He also said that apart from other legal consequences, offenders will be charged with a fine of 150 euros.

Speaking about students who are studying abroad, who were not allowed to fly to Cyprus, the President said that it was an undoubtedly painful, but necessary decision and noted that the decision for their gradual repatriation will be reviewed, once conditions allow.

President Anastasiades also expressed the resoluteness of the government to support employers and employees in a substantial manner and said that a package of measures will be announced in a few days.

The President thanked finally people who are in the front line of this effort to contain the spread of coronavirus, such as health professionals, and expressed confidence that “we will make it in this fight as well.”

Source: Cyprus News Agency

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