Authorities in Cyprus are tightening domestic coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions from Oct. 23 following an increase in infection rates. From this date, there will be a daily 2300-0500 curfew in Paphos and Limassol; persons performing essential work duties, seeking medical help, or purchasing medications are exempt. Restaurants, cafes, and bars in these areas must close by 2230. In addition, social gatherings nationwide will be limited to 10 people; religious services can have up to 75 people in attendance. Catering establishments nationwide are now limited to 75 people for indoor spaces and 150 for outdoor spaces; no more than six people are allowed at the same table. Furthermore, facemasks are now mandatory in all outdoor public spaces, except while exercising, in addition to all indoor public spaces.
Authorities in Cyprus are also maintaining international COVID-19-related entry restrictions. Authorities have divided countries into three categories. Travelers from countries in Category A do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival. Travelers who have visited a Category B country in the previous 14 days require a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before departure for Cyprus; they can also take a test on arrival but must self-isolate until the result is confirmed. Travelers who have visited a Category C country within the previous 14 days - with the exception of Cypriot residents, their immediate families, and individuals with special entry permission to perform essential work - are prohibited from entering Cyprus. Countries within the three categories as of Oct. 23 are as follows:
- Category A: Australia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, South Korea, and Thailand
- Category B: Belgium, Canada, China (including Hong Kong), Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Norway, Poland, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, the UK, Uruguay, and Vatican City
- Category C: All other countries
Domestically, most businesses have resumed operations with government-mandated social distancing and hygiene requirements. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.
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