Cyprus Lifts Lockdown With Covid 'safety Pass'
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Sun 09th May 2021 | 09:00 PM
"By implementing health protocols, testing the population and expediting the vaccination programme, Cyprus is taking an important step towards exiting uncertainty," he added.
The government is abolishing a system of official approval by text message used to allow people to leave home.
Cypriots wanting to enter hospitality venues will now need to show a Covid certificate that the government has named a "safety pass".
Those eligible must have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine or contracted the virus in the past six months or have a valid 72-hour negative PCR or rapid test.
Authorities said the pass is a temporary measure, to be enforced until May 31, to help speed up the island's vaccination rollout in a race to reach herd immunity, with 65 percent of the adult population vaccinated at least once, by end June.
Although outdoor hospitality and retail shops are to reopen, a night-time curfew will remain in place, effective from 11 pm.
Cyprus has faced a third wave of Covid-19 infections fuelled by the more contagious British variant, with daily cases peaking at a record 941 last month.
New daily cases have since eased to below 400, as has the test positivity rate.
On Saturday, Cyprus recorded 397 cases, on a record 71,250 Covid tests.
The health ministry said Cyprus ranks sixth in the EU for administering the first dose of Covid vaccines.
Up until 8 May, 36 percent of the adult population had received a first jab and 11 percent been fully vaccinated.