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COVID19: British Bases police fine beachgoers

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British Bases police urge the public to comply with measures on social distancing and movement after 25 people were fined over the weekend for breaking COVID-19 rules at Limassol’s Lady’s Mile and Curium beaches.

As temperatures soared, officers patrolling the beaches confirmed more than 1,500 people visited the areas and although the vast majority adhered to current measures, the police were keen to address the small minority that did not.

SBA Police Chief Constable, Chris Eyre, said: “The SBA Police urge the public to comply with the legislation which is in line with the measures taken in the Republic of Cyprus. Our job is to protect the health and safety of our citizens.”

“The SBA Police do not set out to report members of the public, but the legislation will be implemented where necessary and fines will be given.”

Those found breaking COVID-19 related measures face a fine of up to €300 if caught.

People are allowed to swim in the sea for exercise but not stay at the beach as a leisure activity or gather there in groups.

Since legislation relating to movement and social distancing were implemented in March, the Police have issued 188 fines relating to breaches of those measures across the SBAs.

In May alone – as restrictions have been relaxed – there have been 56 fines issues within British Bases territory.

Cyprus police report over 10,600 Covid-19 violations

Cyprus Police cautioned 128 people for violating containment measures aiming to curb the spread of coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

From March 11, when restrictions were first implemented, the police have reported a total of 10,627 violations out of 811,624 spot checks.

From 0600 hours on Monday until the early hours of Tuesday, police carried out a total of 14,136 checks throughout Cyprus.

Out of 11,902 checks on pedestrians and drivers police reported 127 violations, while only one violation was reported out of 2,234 spot checks in various premises across the island.

Paphos and Limassol had the most violations with 55 people in each town being fined, followed by Nicosia with 27 cautions.