The eagerly-awaited restriction measures that are to apply for December and the holiday period are to be announced by the heath minister during a press conference at noon on Friday.
Estimations on what the new bundle of measures could feature have highlighted the possibility of a relaxation in the Paphos district that has been indicating significant epidemiological improvement, but also a stricter approach to schools that have remained open despite the numerous positive cases among staff and students that have emerged.
It is also expected that measures currently in place in the Nicosia, Larnaca and Famagusta districts will be extended, most likely until mid-January 2021, though recent epidemiological data has shown that Nicosia is exhibiting a worsening situation.
Though some relaxations are expected for the Limassol district, many of the current measures are likely to be maintained as the district remains heavily burdened by high numbers of daily new cases despite being under lockdown since early November.
It is likely that the travel ban into and out of the Limassol district will be lifted, while certain businesses, such as beauty parlours, hairdressers, malls, and large stores, are also expected to be allowed to resume operation.
The new measures are also likely to tackle all levels of schools, but it is likely that secondary schools specifically will shift to online learning as of December 1. Additionally, schools are likely to close a week earlier, on December 16, allowing students a three-week holiday rather than the standard two.
With Christmas on the way, whispers have been floating around regarding an additional leniency toward gatherings, which may see an increase in the permitted number of attendants, particularly on Christmas day and New Year’s.