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Police say party boat did not violate rules

Critics raise concerns over party boat photo, saying risk of infection remains high on crowded vessels

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Police say there were no health protocol violations on a crowded vessel off Protaras on the weekend, following concerns that passengers on a party boat had exceeded the legal threshold.

According to local media, a photograph taken over the weekend showing a party boat off Protaras, Famagusta district, raised concerns over health protocol violations.

Critics have raised concerns over parties on boats during the coronavirus pandemic, pointing to concerns of overcrowding with a higher risk of infection if even one person has COVID-19.

Critics raised concerns over parties on boats during the coronavirus pandemic, pointing to concerns of overcrowding with a higher risk of infection if even one person has COVID-19

Police told Knews on Monday that the Coast Guard is responsible for carrying out inspections on vessels, including over 60 checks reportedly conducted during the latter part of the weekend.

But there was no information this past weekend of any violation concerning the boat in question, police said, with additional media saying a permit for up to 150 souls on board had been issued.

Coast guard officers reportedly counted 135 people on board the vessel.

Additional concerns emerged over the weekend following An anti-mask demonstration in Nicosia, outside the Presidential Palace.

Law enforcement officials were criticized for not taking action such as arresting violators or issuing citations during the protest, with police responding to critics and saying inaction was the best option given the circumstances, citing practical difficulties and public safety concerns.

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