Increasing coronavirus cases: TRNC government plan on closing schools, bars and taverns, gyms and banning events

TRNC government are discussing new strict measures to control the spread of coronavirusn in the country following the rise in new cases.

According to reports on Monday, the committee for contagious diseases is discussing strict measures such as closing schools, bars and taverns, gyms and banning events.

New announcements are expected later in the day with rumours saying a large number of local cases has been detected.

On Monday, a child going to a kindergarten in Akdoğan and its mother tested positive. Another nine children and their parents were to be reportedly tested as well as the school’s teaching staff.

Akdoğan and two other regions, have seen increased cases recently leading to authorities banning gatherings and weddings in the area for 14 days.

Kibris Postasi reported on Monday afternoon that the committee of experts, which has the authority to implement the decisions at the same time, presented a list of measures to the ‘health minister’ in order to forward it to ‘prime minister’ Ersin Tatar.

The experts suggest the postponement of the opening of kindergartens, primary, secondary and higher education schools until October 1.

The experts also suggest closure of playgrounds, entertainment venues such as nightclubs, and taverns, but also of beauty centres and massage parlours until October 1.

No events such as birthday, circumcision, engagement, and wedding parties until the same date.
Entry to casinos of Turkish Cypriots must be strictly monitored, the suggestions said.

The suggestions also include calling off election rallies and meetings, reports said.

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