The Cabinet meeting on Tuesday gave the green light for the lockdown Second Phase will go ahead as planned on Thursday and removing restrictions on movement and curfew with little changes and beaches are opening from 23 of May.
The announcement was made by the Spokesperson for government Kyriakos Koushos after a meeting of cabinet ministers on Tuesday.
He said that “Cabinet has taken advice from the team of scientists and decided to confirm the approval of the plans for the second phase of relaxations with minor changes.”
Organised beaches were due to open on June 1. This has been moved forward to May 23.
as from 21 May
- All restriction on movement will be lifted from 21 of May including the curfew which was from 10 pm to 6 am.
- Maximum gathering of 10 people allowed in homes.
- Free movement in parks (excluding playgrounds), squares, marinas, etc., in groups of up to 10 people.
- Reopening of Salons, barbershops, beauty salons, massage and tattoos parlour.
- Reopening of catering services only outdoors. Outdoors is explained as the areas where smoking is permitted. Groups of people should not exceed from 10.
- Primary schools and lower secondary schools open. Lower secondary schools and nurseries remain closed.
After 23 May
- Church services and other forms of religious worship in churches, mosques, and other places of worship are allowed, provided that protocols on hygiene, as determined by the Ministry of Health, are strictly adhered to. The same measures apply for weddings, christenings, and funerals
- Opening of beaches, including organised beaches, in compliance with the health protocols, to be issued by the ministry of health.
- Reopening of betting shops under the ministry of health guidelines
From 01 June
- Reopening of Libraries
- Reopening of Museums
- Reopening of Archaeological sites
- Reopening of Ports with the exception of disembarkation of cruise passengers
The government spokesman also said that the ministry of justice will draft a bill to be approved by the parliament that would increase penalties and out-of-court fines to owners or managers of businesses that violate decrees and protocols. Fines will increase in cases of offenses.
He recalled that the pandemic is not over “and we must protect what we have achieved in our country together with sacrifices and efforts.”