Cyprus Steps Up COVID-19 Checks, Hotel Owner Fined 3,000 Euros

Trying frantically to rein in the COVID-19 pandemic that's still going on despite 70 percent of residents being fully vaccinated Cyprus has sent inspectors out to make sure health restrictions are being followed.

Α hotel in Paphos was fined €3000 ($3515) after an employee was found to be working without wearing a mask and was not in possession of a SafePass, police said, The Cyprus Mail reported,

The hotel also wasn't displaying required signs with information on containing COVID-19 but wasn't identified despite the health risk to customers and the public going in.

The hotel was one of six business premises and 23 individuals booked in just 24 hours following 3,949 checks for violations of measures against the spread of COVID-19 although health officials had said that a 70 percent vaccination level would slow the virus

In Nicosia, a total of 1,461 checks were carried out and one shop owner was fined, no report how much or the name revealed. In Limassol 270 checks were conducted with 14 individuals cited.

The Traffic Department carried out 302 checks while the Marine Police 38 and no violation of measures were reported, the paper said.

A SafePass is mandatory in almost all hospitality venues and other event premises and requires everyone over 12 to be in possession of a vaccination certificate showing three weeks have passed after a first shot, a negative PCR or rapid test carried out within the previous 72 hours or proof of recovery from the Coronavirus.

The up-and-down pandemic has cut into Cyprus' hopes for a big summer season in a sector that is the country's biggest revenue engine, hurt by lockdowns and the continuing health crisis.


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