Filter for Cyprus Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-08-22 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
From 22 August until 15 September, the maximum number of persons (physical presence at dinner) who may attend weddings or christenings has been set at 350 persons.
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2020-07-12 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
The maximum number of persons allowed to attend social gatherings at home and/or in public places (physical presence in the same premises/installation regardless of indoor and outdoor areas), is increased from 150 to 250 persons for outdoor spaces and from 75 to 100 persons in indoor spaces.
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2020-07-01 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Persons who are tested positive to the coronavirus without symptoms or with mild symptoms would have the choice either to be transferred for isolation at Eden Resort, Wellness or t e Rehabilitation Centre, or remain in house isolation until given a release. Persons who h ve been defined as close contacts of verified cases of infection by the coronavirus (COVID-19) following relevant tracing by the Epidemiological Monitoring and Control Unit for Infectious Diseases, should also stay in house isolation for 14 days, according to the recommendation of the World Health Organization. Persons which have arrived in Cyprus from any country other than those included in Categories A and B (https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/country categories) should also be placed in house isolation for a period of 14 days. Persons in self isolation shall be obliged to comply with the relevant Decree. At the same time, these persons should follow the relevant health guidelines (Subtheme "Guidelines for the public") which have been issued.
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2020-07-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Notwithstanding the fact that the measure of 3 sq. m. social distancing is still in force for indoor spaces and 2 sq. m. for outdoor spaces, the maximum number of persons that can be served may not exceed 100 persons indoors and 200 outdoors, regardless of the square metre area of each establishment. For example, if a venue has an outdoor area of 600 sq.m. and on the basis of maintaining 2 sq.m. social distancing per person, it could serve up to 300 persons, under the new decision the number of customers cannot exceed 200. If an establishment has an indoor area of 450 sq. m. and on the basis of the social distancing measure of 3 sq. m. per person, it could serve up to 150 persons, under the new decision the number of persons cannot exceed 100.
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2020-06-22 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
On June 22, Turkish Cypriots who work, study, or receive medical treatment in the ROC will be allowed to cross the UN Buffer Zone into the Republic of Cyprus if they have had a negative PCR test in the previous 72 hours.
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2020-06-13 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Casinos, gyms, theme parks, and amusement parks will reopen on June 13.
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2020-06-09 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
shopping centers/department stores, airports, ports, caterining services (including indoor) hotels, beaches, open air cinemas/theaters, gyms, athletic competitions
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2020-06-09 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
indoor theaters/cinemas, festivals/concerts, casinos, playgrounds (indoor and outdoor) hotels
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2020-06-09 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Primary and high schools have reopened while kindergartens and summer schools reopen on June 9.
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2020-06-09 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Malls, airports, seaports, open-air cinemas and theatres, and internal areas of restaurants and hotels will reopen on June 9.
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2020-06-04 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Meetings of up to ten people are allowed in homes. Groups of up to ten people may move freely in parks (excluding playgrounds), squares, marinas, and other open spaces. Groups of up to ten people may meet in outdoor dining areas meeting certain guidelines.
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2020-06-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Liturgies and other forms of religious worship, weddings, baptisms, and funerals are allowed as long as health protocols are strictly observed. Beaches, Libraries, museums, archaeological and historical sites, and ports (with the exception of passenger disembarkation of cruise liners) are open.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Libraries, museums, archaeological and historical sites, and ports (with the exception of passenger disembarkation of cruise liners) may reopen.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Libraries, Museums, archaeolgical and historical sites, betting shops
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
as of June 1, other religious services beyond prayer (of only 10 persons) will be permited.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Movement will be permitted in parks, open space playgrounds, squares, marinas etc
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2020-06-01 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Restrictions on movement between 10.00 p.m. and 6 a.am. will be lifted
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2020-06-01 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Ports in full operation (as of June 1), excluding for disembarkation of cruise ships passengers.
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2020-05-29 Out Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
will accept foreign visitors
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2020-05-28 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
new support package for the economy by the Minister of Finance Mr. Constantinos Petrides
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2020-05-27 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Barbershops, beauty salons, massage, and tattoo parlors may reopen. Liturgies and other forms of religious worship, weddings, baptisms, and funerals are allowed as long as health protocols are strictly adhered to.
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2020-05-27 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
All movement restrictions are lifted and The SMS system for travel permissions is no longer in use.
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2020-05-27 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
nighttime curfew is lifted
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2020-05-27 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Meetings of up to ten people are allowed in homes. Groups of up to 10 people may move freely in parks (excluding playgrounds), squares, marinas, and other open spaces. Groups of up to 10 people may meet in outdoor dining areas meeting certain guidelines.
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2020-05-23 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Attending church services and other forms of religious worship in churches, mosques and other religious premises, is permitted, provided that the protocols of hygienic behaviour are upheld, as the Health Ministry may determine. The same measures shall apply for weddings, christenings and funerals. Reopening of beaches, including organised ones, in compliance with hygienic protocols to be issued by the Ministry of Health. Reopening of betting shops, on the basis of specific protocols to be issued by the Ministry of Health.
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2020-05-21 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
-Hairdressing salons/barber shops/ beauty salons (as of May 21)
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2020-05-21 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Catering services, only in open spaces (as of May 21)
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2020-05-21 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
gatherings of 10 people will be permitted
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2020-05-21 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
The obligation to send SMS will be discontinued as of May 21.
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2020-05-21 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
All public schools in the Republic of Cyprus will reopen on 21 May.
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2020-05-21 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
all movement restrictions will be lifted.
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2020-05-19 Out Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Council of Ministers today decided the withdrawal of the bill entitled "Support for businesses and independent workers in accordance with the European Commission’s provisional framework for state aid measures to support the economy during the current outbreak of COVID-19 disease."
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2020-05-17 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
International commercial flights are suspended until at least 28 May, except for repatriation flights for Cypriot citizens and foreign nationals. Cargo flights are operating as normal.
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2020-05-11 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Classes for high school seniors (only) will resume on May 11.
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Personal exercise will be allowed in open spaces in groups of two. Underage children are exempted.
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Retail businesses may resume operation and open-air markets may reopen along with the pubic secotr (May 4.)
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2020-05-04 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
creation of 4 phases of easing restrictions related to Covid-19. phase 1: 4/5/2020-20/5/2020. phase 2: 21/5/2020-8/6/2020. phase 3: 6/9/2020-13/7/2020. phase 4: 14/7/2020 and onward
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2020-05-04 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
the authorities will issue up to three SMS permits for movements per person per day.
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2020-05-04 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
phase 1 of easing resitrictions: Curfew restrictions will be partially relaxed from 4 May to 22.00 – 06.00 (local time) until 21 May – when all movement restrictions will be lifted.
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
As of May 4, prayer will be allowed in places of worship in groups of no more than 10. Other religious services remain prohibited until June 1.
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2020-05-04 Out Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Restrictions in public and private hospitals will be gradually lifted. however, visitors will still be prohibited, no urgent cases may only use 60% of beds (but adjusted according to pandemic). outpatient clinics must have appointments
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2020-04-30 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
extended until may 17 2020
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2020-04-30 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
extended until at least 17 May *except for repatriation flights for Cypriot citizens and foreign nationals. Cargo flights are operating as normal.
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2020-04-30 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
compulsary for staff: Public transport vehicles, interior spaces of private businesses, departments of public sector, and those working is direct contact with retail trade (ie. cashiers, etc). for everyone else - highly recommended but not complusary.
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2020-04-27 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The outpatient clinics of public and private hospitals are reopening on Monday, 27 April 2020, according to a decree issued by the Minister of Health. A provision according to which visits to private and public hospitals for non-urgent cases were banned has been removed from the decree. Consequently, clinics/departments will be allowed to arrange appointments for cases that are not urgent. It is also clarified that, according to the decree, planned surgeries are cancelled for patients whose health condition allows it and their lives are not in danger.
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2020-04-24 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Following a decision by the Council of Ministers, dated 8 April 2020, and a statement by the President of the Republic, the Ministry of Health would like to announce that as of tomorrow, 24 April 2020, it will begin random sample tests of 800 persons among the general public in Cyprus.
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2020-04-24 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Within the TRNC, all patrons are required to wear face masks when outside during the Holy Islamic month of Ramadan (24 April- tentatively 23 May).
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2020-04-23 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
as many workers as possible who have been laid off or have lost their full-time status due to the COVID -19 pandemic, the Council of Ministers, chaired by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, today approved a proposal by the Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, Ms. Zeta Emilianidou, for a series of additional measures to support employees.
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2020-04-22 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Special benefits were paid today to about 7,500 additional beneficiaries, after a personalized examination and correction of the errors that have been identified in the applications that were submitted, which mainly concerned the confirmation of their bank accounts.
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2020-04-22 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
April 22, the "Council of Ministers" announced that beginning Friday, April 24, masks will be required of anyone outside during the month of Ramadan.
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2020-04-22 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Group worship during Ramadan is forbidden.
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2020-04-14 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
gradual payment of special benefits schemes implemented to support workers and businesses due to COVID-19. Allowance for the Special Leave of Absence for Child Care and the Special Allowance for Self-employed Persons have been paid to 20,500 employees
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2020-04-10 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Validity of residence permits for seasonal employment extended by three months
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2020-04-09 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
extended until at least 30/4/2020
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2020-04-09 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
extended until at least 17/4/2020: general curfew is in effect from 21:00 to 06:0. Individuals may only leave their residences to seek goods and services from essential personnel and businesses.
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2020-04-09 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
extended until at least 17/4/2020: Travel between regions is forbidden
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2020-04-09 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
extended until at least 17/4/2020: Private sector businesses except those which provide basic needs such as groceries, bakeries, gas stations, pharmacies, etc., will be closed.
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2020-04-08 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
extended until 30/4/2020
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2020-04-08 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Sampling to begin promptly for 20,000 employees in the private, public and wider public sectors and the National GuardCouncil of Ministers decided during its meeting on April 8, to subsidise 20,000 laboratory tests, which will be conducted within 20 days in collaboration with private laboratories that meet the criteria set by the Ministry of Health, on a nationwide basis.
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2020-04-08 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
extended until 30/4/2020: A curfew is in effect from 21:00 to 06:00 except for people holding a relevant employee movement certificate.
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2020-04-08 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
extended/enhanced until 30/4/2020: Permission for additional necessary movement must be requested via SMS and will only be approved once per day (Persons over age 65 are allowed to use a printed form.)
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2020-04-08 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
extended/enhanced until 30/4/2020: Gatherings of groups at homes are forbidden except for those living at the particular address.
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2020-04-08 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Persons in self-isolation will be electronically monitored
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2020-04-06 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Cyprus Post is launching the 24- hour Parcel24 locker systems in the fight against Coronavirus. From Monday, April 6, 2020, and as long as the restrictive measures are in force, a number of registered items (barcode "R") and parcels (barcode "C") containing goods, provided that they bear the recipient’s mobile phone, will be placed in the Parcel24 systems, regardless if the recipient is a subscriber.
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2020-04-06 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
All movement restrictions are lifted, including nighttime curfew.
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2020-04-06 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
nighttime curfew lifted
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2020-04-04 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Extension of measures to protect elderly and vulnerable groups ie. Homes for the elderly and the disabled / Caregivers, as well as 24-hour care homes for People with Disabilities, both public and private, will not accept any visitors
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2020-04-04 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
prohibition of flights for a 14 -day period. **except cargo, departure of passengers from the Republic of Cyprus and flights for humanitarian purposes.
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2020-04-03 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
businesses with regard to their obligations to limit the spread of coronavirus, should organize and implement a disinfection procedure which shall be implemented after the end of every working day in all the premises that are visited by the public to receive services.
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2020-04-03 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Social Insurance Services, within the framework of preventive measures to address COVID -19, inform the public that the online application / JCC Smart website for online payment of contributions for February 2020 earnings will remain available until 14.4.2020. It is emphasized that in addition to paying through the JCC Smart application, in order to be able to register the earnings of their employees, all employers are required to submit the form titled "Statement of Earnings and Contributions" (Form YKA2-002) in the designated boxes located at local Social Insurance District Offices and subDistrict Offices
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2020-04-02 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
received a donation from the People’s Republic of China to meet protective equipment needs and tackle the coronavirus pandemic. 1,320 protective medical uniforms were received whileand additional masks will be supplied to Cyprus. the special flight of Aegean Airlines and Hellenic Petroleum will deliver medical equipment and supplies, also donated from China.
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2020-04-01 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
MSC Shipmanagement Ltd donated 106,000 surgical masks and 100,000 gloves to the Cyprus Government, to assist in the fight against the coronavirus disease outbreak.
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2020-03-31 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
cooperation with network of doctors to respond to medical needs of Cypriots abroad
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2020-03-31 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Curfew between 09.00 and 06.00 every night. The fine for those found disobeying the ban on movement has been doubled to €300. *exceptions those who need to be at work during those hours, who will have to carry a confirmation form signed by their employer (Form A). People are only allowed to leave their homes once a day and only if they receive permission after sending a text message to 8998. Only those over 65 will be allowed to fill out the printed form (Form B). ****One of the measures under consideration is an ankle bracelet usually used for persons under house arrest so that their movements can be monitored.****
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2020-03-29 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
application for special sick leave
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2020-03-29 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
unemployment and self-employment insurance
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2020-03-24 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
until April 13 **All people must carry identification and proof as to the purpose of their movement. all unnecessary movement is banned with certain exceptions
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2020-03-24 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
A national lockdown will be enforced from 24 March to at least 13 April. All residents and citizens are required to stay home.
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2020-03-24 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
enhancements to the emergency declaration. Until April 13, all unnecessary movement is banned with certain exceptions. All people must carry identification and proof as to the purpose of their movement. Parks, playgrounds, open-air sport spaces, and public gathering areas will be closed to the public.
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2020-03-23 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
partial curfew will be in place for 14 days. Individuals may only leave their residences to seek goods and services from essential personnel and businesses. All public sector employees except for the police force, fire department, health, civil aviation, finance and similar services will be under administrative leave until March 27, 2020. Private sector businesses except those which provide basic needs such as groceries, bakeries, gas stations, pharmacies, etc., will also be closed until at least March 27. All business hours are restricted from 07:00 to 18:00.
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2020-03-23 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Public Transport Companies which have the exclusive right to carry passengers on their geographical area, will not carry any passengers who do not possess any evidence, either in hard copy or electronic form (as these are issued by the competent authorities of the Republic of Cyprus), allowing them to be transferred outside their home.
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2020-03-21 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
All flights for 14 days
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2020-03-20 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Suspension of non-emergent cases and surgeries, ban on patient vistors
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All schools and hotels (until at least 10. April). All workplaces excpet those providing basic needs and emergency services (untul at least 27. March). All non-essentials public facilites. limited in ppl allowed in places of essiatials (pharmicies, grocery stores etc)
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2020-03-16 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Announcement by the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Security on the Special Scheme for Partial Suspension of Business and Provision of a Special Unemployment Benefit. It is valid from 16/3/2020 to 12/4/2020 for specified cases
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2020-03-15 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
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2020-03-15 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
International passengers
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2020-03-15 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
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2020-03-15 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Families, small business and vulnerable populations
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2020-03-15 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
All non cypriots or non cyprtiots who have a residence permit
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2020-03-15 In Movement restrictions: Additional health/documents requirements upon arrival
International passengers
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2020-03-15 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
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2020-03-09 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
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2020-03-07 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
screening passengers from China, Hong Kong, northern Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore and South Korea more intensively.
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