Swimming pools opened to the public on Friday in the Republic of Cyprus, marking the beginning of the third phase of a plan to ease restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Cyprus News Agency, swimming pools opened Friday morning under “very strict protocol” regarding water quality, disinfecting of all public spaces and changing rooms, self-protection measures for guests, as well as clear guidelines for handling any potential cases.
The third phase came following Wednesday’s Cabinet decision according to which the current period would last through June 24, some ten days later than originally planned.
Shopping malls open next week
As a second step to the third phase, Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said that starting on Tuesday, June 9, the Republic of Cyprus is reopening malls, airports, cruise ship terminals, interior areas of restaurants and hotels, theaters and open-air cinemas.
A press release issued by Nicosia Mall referred to a pick-up point location at the shopping mall, where shoppers can pick up online deliveries without getting out of their vehicle.
“It’s incredible to see you again! Better. Stronger. Together,” a Nicosia Mall slogan read.
'We need to be vigilant, not complacent, and make sure that when we open our borders, we are still a safe destination'
Sport championships are also resuming, without the presence of spectators, CNA reported. At the same time kindergartens and nurseries, along with children’s clubs, outdoor playgrounds, all-day summer and public schools are also opening their doors.
On June 13, casinos are also allowed to resume operations, along with dance schools, boxing/kickboxing clubs, gyms, theme parks, waterparks and amusement parks.
The health minister said that no decisions were taken regarding the fourth phase, apart from a decision to open theaters and indoor cinemas at the beginning of August.
Ioannou said Cyprus has been successful in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus, while also expressing some concerns over the level of vigilance in staying successful.
“We have been successful so far, but we need to stay successful. We need to be vigilant, not complacent, and make sure that when we open our borders, we are still a safe destination” Ioannou told Politico.