NICOSIA — Defiance of health measures during COVID-19 lockdowns have seen cases spike in some countries but on Cyprus a woman posted a video of herself doing it in a dance in a tavern in Limassol, finding herself arrested and fined 300 euros ($358) for it.
She was not identified but Kathimerini said police tracked her down after the video caught on as a social media attraction while other reports said her “busting a move” dance was also live streamed, making it rather easier to find her.
The video showed others getting up on tables and dancing as the country was still in a quasi-lockdown while trying to speed plans to bring in tourists to help an economy battered by the closing of non-essential businesses.
The dancers even mocked police on the video that had police vector icons, the report said, along with ongoing comments while another video showing three different scenes had titles saying “no dancing, barely dancing, and dancing out of control.”
That came in the face of the Health Ministry earlier imposing stricter rules for eating establishments, this one in question also not identified, as bars, restaurants and taverns were allowed to open but required to keep health protocols in place.
The rules included a ban on standing or rocking around the table, while music that could excite guests could not be played through the loudspeakers, a clarification saying it wasn’t aimed at specific music styles but behavior music brings.
Another person described as a member on staff was also fined for not wearing a face mask properly, the report said, while the female owner and a male manager on site were also under investigation for a range of offenses.
That also included operating an establishment without a permit, unauthorized sale of alcohol, and playing music through loudspeakers without a license from the city.
According to Reporter, the manager said he tried to reason with guests by asking them to stop dancing, but the diners kept on busting moves and singing along to live music.
“There’s a strict adherence to all protocols at this establishment, such behavior cannot be accepted,” the manager was quoted as saying with apparently no explanation why he was open without a license, that move busted too.