The Cypriot government has today taken decisions that relate to the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, Phillefteros reported in its electronic publication.

The decisions were announced by the Minister of Health, Michalis Hadjipantelas.

As of today, the requirement for citizens to wear masks in closed spaces, except in places of increased risk such as hospitals, homes for the elderly, closed centers for vulnerable groups, places of health services, pharmacies, is canceled.

The requirement for masks on public transport remains.

However, it is recommended that masks are worn in places where many people gather, as well as by people at increased risk and those in contact with them.

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Also, from today, the restrictions on the percentage of filling of places for public catering, entertainment venues, churches and other temples, congress centers, trade fairs, sports, halls, casinos, etc., are no longer applicable.

Secondary school students will be provided with a free 5-pack of COVID-19 tests, and it is recommended that all students, teachers and school staff self-test before the start of the school year.

In the schools themselves, the health authorities will do tests on a random basis.