Cyprus lifts COVID-19 restrictions on unvaccinated access to bars, restaurants and other venues following a smoothing of new coronavirus cases in recent days that have eased pressure on the health system
Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantela said on Tuesday that unvaccinated people can enter nightclubs, football stadiums, theaters, hotels and cinemas from February 21, as long as they show a valid COVID-19 rapid test taken within the previous 24 hours.
The maximum number of people allowed in nightclubs and other venues is raised by 50 to 250, while single table seats are increased from eight to 12. The number allowed in private homes is doubled to 20.
The maximum capacity of football stadiums and cinemas will be raised to 70% and 75% respectively. The proportion of employees in the private sector who have to work from home is halved to 25%.
Hadjipantela also said that the “test-to-stay” measure, according to which pupils in primary, secondary and secondary schools must undergo regular rapid tests to participate in teaching, is also being extended to include teaching staff and government employees.
Cyprus has seen daily COVID-19 cases decline in recent days and hover with an infection rate of around 2.2%, as have hospital admissions of serious cases.
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