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COVID19: Cyprus ready to speed up lockdown exit

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President Nicos Anastasiades meets his scientific advisory committee on Tuesday to discuss measures included in the third phase of lifting lockdown restrictions with experts poised to suggest a speedy return to normality.

It is understood the team of experts believe the lockdown exit plan should pick up speed, lifting the remaining measures earlier, including those in stage four.

However, Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou is reportedly opposed to a speedier return to normal arguing that this is against EU recommendations.

According to reports, experts are proposing that swimming pools can reopen, while restrictions on weddings, baptisms and other functions can be lifted.

Scientists argue that the third phase could last less than the two-week assessment period before moving on to lifting restrictions on events with mass attendance such as concerts and festivals.

The third phase, which begins on June 9 and ends on July 13, currently includes the opening of airports, ports, theatres, open-air cinemas and gyms.

It is also expected a final decision on the opening of kindergartens will be made.

The advisory team will give President Anastasiades an update on epidemiological data as formed during the second stage of easing the lockdown which began on May 21 with restrictions on free movement lifted.

Third stage from 9 June

  • Reopening of Malls/ department stores
  • Airports/ airlines will gradually reopen under strict conditions
  • Ports will be allowed to service cruise ships
  • Indoor catering at restaurants  and cafes
  • Open-air theatres and cinemas
  • Gyms
  • Sports fixtures (no fans)
  • Summer programmes for private tertiary education-

Fourth stage from 14 July

  • Theatres and indoor cinemas reopen
  • Festivals and concerts allowed
  • Casinos
  • All children’s play areas can reopen.