Around 30 Turkish Cypriot workers crossed into the south on Tuesday morning to return to work, even though they will have to stay in the government-controlled areas at least until the end of the month, the interior ministry confirmed.
A number of them will be sleeping in their cars, CNA reported. While others will stay in places provided for by their employers, the news agency said.
From Monday, the government has allowed the gradual passage through specific checkpoints with a particular procedure, for certain categories of people based on an agreement between President Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish leader Mustafa Akinci.
The Turkish Cypriots who crossed over have been tested for the coronavirus as the authorities in the government-controlled area requested and tested negative.
They reportedly signed a form in the north agreeing that if they returned before the end of the month, they would be quarantined for 14 days.
Those crossing over at Ayios Dhometios for the first time after nearly three months showed cars packed with stuff including bedding.
Most of them are workers, but some came over for medical treatment.
Turkish Cypriot ‘deputy prime minister’ Kudret Ozersay had announced that some of the people who work in the south of the island and face losing their jobs would be given coronavirus tests and authorities in the north would facilitate their crossing.
These workers, however, would have to remain in the south until the mandatory 14-day quarantine rule in the north was lifted on July 1, he said.