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New decree issued by Minister of Health for retail business

24/03/2020 14:35

Retail business is suspended from 1800 on Tuesday with specific exceptions, the Minister of Health announced on Monday, in addition to the decree which President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades issued in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The exceptions apply to businesses and workshops for medical equipment, (wheelchairs, orthopaedic products, medical, industrial gas and machinery, optical companies, hearing aid companies, car and motorcycle dealers, tire dealers, bicycle sales and repair companies, launderettes, courier services and pet shops).

Telecommunications providers can be open only for paying bills and repairs.

Businesses that sell pesticides and fertilizers, material and equipment, car sales, funeral homes, nurseries and florists are also exempt.

It notes that the above businesses can provide online or delivery sales.

In addition, those businesses that are open according to the decree, must abide by the provisions for non-crowding within stores, that is, one person per eight squares meters.

Businesses that remain open are all food and beverage retailers (supermarkets, grocery stores, butchers, fish markets, bakeries, pastry shops, fruit markets, cellars), pharmacies and food service providers ( restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, bars), which can offer delivery services and quick service from the window (drive through), gas stations, kiosks and mini markets. Clinical laboratories and car wash can also be open.

Open markets, street sales and bazaars are not allowed to operate as well as construction unless they are public interest projects which require permission issued by the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works.

Worshippers are prohibited from entering churches, mosques and other places of worship.