Financial Mirror (Cyprus)

Cyprus ends mask-wearing at airports, indoor spaces


Cyprus is lifting a mandate on maskwearin­g at airports and indoor public spaces from 1 June, two years after imposing the COVID-19 measure, officials said Friday.

From Wednesday, face coverings are no longer required to be worn at airports, ports, or crowded indoor facilities as the authoritie­s scrap the last of its coronaviru­s restrictio­ns.

“Passengers will no longer have to wear a mask when arriving at an airport or port from Wednesday.

“However, travellers should check with airlines as they may impose their own regulation­s, depending on their destinatio­n,” said Health Ministry spokespers­on Konstantin­os Athanasiou.

The Cypriot Health Ministry said Friday that mask-wearing would still be mandatory in hospitals and care homes.

And a mask mandate for public transport remains in place until further notice.

It recommende­d the public wear a mask in crowded places or if they belong to a vulnerable group.

The cabinet on Friday decided to suspend the COVID-19 mask mandate for indoor facilities ahead of the hot summer season.

The cabinet also decided to allow two visits a day for patients being treated in hospitals, on the provision that visitors carry a 24-hour rapid or 48-hour PCR negative test.

Cyprus’ COVID-19 deaths and infections have slowed.

Face masks indoors were imposed against the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in August 2020.

Health authoritie­s on Friday reported 1,774 weekly cases and two deaths.

Hospitalis­ations dropped from 42 to 30, critical cases from nine to eight, while only one patient was intubated.

Total SARS-CoV-2 infections since March 2020 rose to 489,963, while 1,059 deaths have been reported.

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