The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Coronavirus is working on a strategy that will gradually weaken the “lockdown” and restart the economy. The strategy will be presented to the Cabinet on April 29.
The full strategy will appear later, while we can only talk about the possible first steps. Here’s how it will look:
– The weakening of quarantine will begin in early May with the abolition of curfews and an increase in the number of possible exits from the house to two or three. Also can cancel the ban on work on Sunday;
— In mid-May, some companies will open where employees do not contact customers or where such contact is under control. The resumption of work will occur subject to compliance with sanitary measures and will affect, for example, small construction projects, hairdressers, beauty salons, car sales salons. In other words, those enterprises where the number of personnel and customers is limited, and visits can be by appointment. At the same time, training for professional athletes will resume, and crews of ships that are stuck in the sea will be able to go ashore;
— At the beginning of summer, clothing stores, shoes, toys, and other retail outlets will open, in which the number of customers will initially be regulated;
— In mid-June, churches will open for believers, but, again, subject to the presence of a limited number of parishioners;
— At the same time, discussions will begin on the opening of air links for those countries where the fight against coronavirus is successful and almost complete;
— In June, the Cyprus Football Championship will resume, but without the presence of spectators in the stands.
The schedule for the resumption of the work of other companies and institutions is still being discussed. If it is already clear that the first stage of the discoveries will take place in mid-May, then there is no clarity about the timing of the second and third stages. It is only known that in the second stage, restaurants and cafes will open, but with certain restrictions, and in the third stage – cinemas, theaters, and shopping centers.
Decisions will be made by the end of the month, so that in early May, subject to the reduction of patients with coronavirus, Cyprus could resume economic activity.