Cyprus brings forward lifting of many Covid-19 restrictions

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The country said low rates of infection meant the date could be brought forward to June 24 from July 14.

The Cyprus seaside resort of Ayia Napa (Petros Karadjias/AP)

Cyprus has accelerated the lifting of most of the country’s remaining coronavirus restrictions by three weeks, citing its consistently low infection rate since the May 4 end of a stay-at-home order.

The country’s health minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Wednesday the third phase of the country’s gradual rollback of restrictions will be completed by June 24 instead of July 14.

That means that as of June 9, shopping centres, airports and the interior seating spaces of hotels, bars and restaurants, open-air theatres and cinemas will be back in business.

A yellow painted Post Office post box in Nicosia, Cyprus (Andrew Matthews/PA)
A yellow painted Post Office post box in Nicosia, Cyprus (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Sports events without spectators, kindergartens, playgrounds, summer schools and school canteens also re-open on that date.

Casinos, dance schools, gyms, theme and water parks open their doors four days later.

A 10-person limit on public gatherings will stay in effect at least until June 24.

Indoor cinemas and theatres are expected to open in early August, while music concerts, festivals, wedding and christening receptions and graduation ceremonies will again be permitted on September 1.

To date, Cyprus counts 952 confirmed Covid-19 infections and 17 deaths.

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