NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) – Cyprus continues to abandon the mandatory use of COVID-19 vaccination certificates and face masks as the number of viruses in the country continues to improve.
Health Minister Michael Hadjipantela announced on Wednesday that from 15 May, vaccination and recovery certificates will no longer be required to enter most places. However, certificates will still be required to enter nightclubs, music halls, clinics, hospitals and nursing homes.
Also on the same day, unvaccinated people who are considered to be in close contact with people infected with the coronavirus will no longer have to isolate themselves, and compulsory testing of students and teachers will be abolished.
Mandatory wearing of masks in the outdoor areas of bars and restaurants ends on 22 April. Children aged 12 and under will not have to wear masks from 15 May. This day will also remove most capacity restrictions for nightclubs and restaurants.
Hajipantela reiterated that this does not mean the end of the pandemic. As of next week, the minimum age for voluntary fourth vaccination falls to 60 years.
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