Cyprus makes face mask mandatory, boosts COVID-19 testing at airports – eTurboNews | Trends | Travel News

Last Updated on August 1, 2020 by

Cyprus authorities announced that effective today, face masks are mandatory for all crowded indoor areas, like shopping malls and supermarkets.

Starting midnight Friday, anyone not wearing a mask in busy places like hospitals, banks and churches faces a fine of $366.

A spike in new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last week has alarmed local authorities. Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said that a rollback of COVID-19 restrictions, combined with a low infection rate, led to “excessive complacency” by some people.

Cyprus is also significantly ramping up random COVID-19 testing at its two main airports. Random testing at airports will increase from 600 to 1,000 a day, with emphasis on Cypriots returning from vacation.

The maximum number of passengers on public transport is again being cut to half of the vehicle’s capacity.

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