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Cyprus Police Step Up COVID Checks, Two Pubs Fined Over Dances

NICOSIA — Enforcement against COVID-19 health measure violations on Cyprus is picking up, with two Famagusta-based pubs fined €3,000 ($3519) for allowing customers to dance, and serving them at the bar, police said.

“Unfortunately, we still find businesspeople, owners and employees without a SafePass or a face mask,” police spokesman Christos Andreou told the state-run CyBC broadcaster.

The pubs were fined after 4,010 checks between in a 24-hour period from Aug. 22-23 for violations of Coronavirus measures as the government is trying to corral the pandemic even as a vaccination program accelerated.

During the checks, two more shops were fined €500 ($586) in Paphos for failing to check SafePass of their clients, documents showing a person has been vaccinated or is free of the virus.

Besides businesses that were being checked, 41 people were also fined, mainly for failing to wear a facemask, police said, a common violation as many people have stopped wearing them nor keeping safe social distance.

In Limassol, 19 of 499 people checked were fined and 10 in Famagusta after 1,102 checks there the report said, and only two in Nicosia among 1,025 checks.

Police said they will continue to look for violators, even in private event such as weddings, as a warning to follow the rules for safety.

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