Scientists in Cyprus favor suspending the requirement to wear face masks in indoor areas, except in high-risk areas such as hospitals and closed structures, according to the Ministry of Health.
The Ministry’s communication adviser, Constantinos Athanasiou told CNA that scientists still prefer the use of masks in hospitals and closed structures, including nursing homes.
The members of the Scientific Advisory Committee were asked to give their positions on the issue to the Ministry on Tuesday.
So far, Athanasiou said, the majority of scientists are in favor of suspending the requirement for the use of masks in indoor areas under conditions while others still have reservations as the situation is fluid and no one knows what will happen as far as the pandemic is concerned.
The final decision will be taken when the Minister of Health, Michalis Hadjipantela, returns from a trip abroad.
Athanasiou added that the recommendations of the members of the Advisory Scientific Committee will be examined and a decision will be made as to whether the matter will be taken to the Cabinet during its Friday meeting or next week.