All organized beaches across the island opened Saturday after almost 3 months of lockdown due to the measures taken to tackle the spread of COVID-19.
Many people rushed to the beaches taking all precautions and following guidelines. The authorities apply strict rules as to where the umbrellas and sun beds are set up to allow social distancing and they clean and disinfect thoroughly.
Paralimni and Protaras areas in Famagusta district, which are among the most popular areas for swimming on the island, were packed.
Paralimni Mayor Theodoros Pyrillis said that all rules were followed and people were cautious.
Pafos Police Spokesperson Michalis Ioannou said that the Police are patrolling the beach areas as well.
Pafos Mayor Fedonas Fedonos said that two beaches operate under the local authorities supervision while the other 13 are under private supervision and only four of those will resume business due to the lack of tourists.
Pampos Charalambous of the Pafos Beach department said that all beaches are open following the decrees in place and regular checks are made to safeguard that all is fine.
Pafos beaches have currently 50 lifeguards on duty, according to district officer Mary Lambrou who said that additional staff will be hired to reach 99 persons.
Limassol Mayor Nicos Nicolaides said on his part that all beaches in the district are supervised by the authorities and the police who make sure that all rules are in place and everything included in the Health Ministry’s decree is followed in detail.