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Cyprus to Reopen Nightclubs on June 10

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People sit and drink, outside a coffee shop, on Ledras street, in the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Bars, restaurants, coffee shops reopened Tuesday after three months of closrue, due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus’ health minister says nightclubs are scheduled to reopen June 10 as the tourism-reliant country aims to lure vacationers and reinvigorate the beleaguered economy.

Constantinos Ioannou said Friday that a strict, two-week lockdown coupled with the country’s hastened vaccination pace has produced a noticeable drop in the COVID-19 infection rate as well as a decrease in the number of hospitalized patients.

Ioannou said the positive results have allowed the government to further loosen up remaining restrictions including shortening a nighttime curfew from six to five hours.

A vaccination certificate, a negative test taken in the previous 72 hours or proof of convalescence from COVID-19 are still required to enter indoor areas where people gather in numbers including shopping malls, theaters and cinemas.

The loosening of restrictions comes into effect May 17.