Coronavirus UpdateLora Stylianou
Cyprus has been declared to be in a state of emergency as a response to the increasing incidents of coronavirus. The announcement came yesterday, Sunday 15/03/2020 in a special press conference given by the President of Cyprus.
As a result there is a general lockdown of all points of entry to the island.
According to the new measures announced, only persons that have taken a coronavirus clearance certificate from the relevant authorities of their home member state will be allowed into Cyprus. Despite such clearance certificate upon entry they will still be put into compulsory quarantine for two weeks.
Furthermore, as of today 16/03/2020, certain business operations are temporarily suspended. These include malls, department stores, cinemas, theatres, libraries, museums, archaeological sites, betting shops, casinos, sports venues and clubs, theme parks, barbershops and hairdresser salons, beauty parlours, cafes, bars, and all food and beverage businesses excluding those that only do delivery and take away.
Hotels must suspend their operations until April 30, 2020. They are given six days in order to serve their existing guests.
As regards the civil service all government departments will operate with minimum staff.
Supermarkets, pharmacies, private health services, bakeries, kiosks, and petrol stations will remain open under certain conditions.
In the light of the above, our law firm will be operating during normal business hours however all employees will be working from home. Therefore we will not be holding any meetings in person with clients but only via skype or phone until further notice.