Latest Covid-19 Health Ministry decisions (04.02.2021)
Date Added: 04 Şubat 2021

In line with the decisions taken by the Higher Committee for Infectious Diseases under the Infectious Diseases Law 45/2018, the Ministry of Health has decided to implement the following additional precautionary decisions.

Given the ongoing surge in cases, it has been determined that the country’s health system will soon be unable to cope with the growing numbers. There is a consensus that the measures in place have not been enough to prevent the spread of the virus which is why stricter measures and tighter inspections are needed. In light of the developments, it has been deemed essential to implement a full lockdown until February 15, 2021.

The rules deemed necessary to be followed are as follows:

  1. It has been agreed to extend the street curfew, apart from exceptional cases until February 15, 2021 (5 am). To carry out inspections more effectively, permits must include the individual’s residency and work address.
  2. Services that will remain open during this period;
  • Pharmacies, petrol stations, bakeries, greengrocers, butchers and supermarkets as well as suppliers. These businesses will be allowed to remain open between 8 am and 5 pm.
  • Bakeries will remain open except for Sundays.
  • Twice the number of on-duty pharmacies will be allowed to remain open in each area between 8 am and 12 pm.
  • Suppliers for supermarkets and businesses providing basic needs will be carrying out their deliveries between 5 pm and 8 pm.
  • All businesses, (including supermarkets) except for pharmacies will be closed on Sundays.
  • Restaurants and delivery services will be closed.
  • Exercising outside of homes and all sporting activities will be banned during this period.
  • All operations of TÜK (Soil Products Board) such as the sale of feed and barley as well as feed factories and suppliers have been suspended. Exceptions will be made in essential circumstances subject to permits to be obtained from district authorities.
  • The Dairy Products Corporation and dairy producers.
  • Emergency breakdown services of internet service providers.
  • Private security firms
  • Bottled water and beverage producers, distributors and sellers to continue to serve.
  • The continuation of livestock, agriculture, food, agricultural labour and the activities of the needs suppliers belonging to these sectors.
  1. Individuals with permission from district authorities to acquire goods or services from open businesses must do so from stores or offices located nearest to their place of residence.
  2. All movement between districts has been banned. Law enforcement officers, health professionals, civil aviation officers, firefighters, electricity authority, caretakers, private lab employees, journalists with yellow press cards will continue to work.
  3. Municipalities, the electricity authority and the Chambers of Industry and Commerce are to operate with minimum personnel to ensure the smooth functioning of essential services.
  4. Import and export sectors, as well as citrus producers/transporters, will continue to operate.
  5. The security forces, police, customs, health, agriculture, trade department and Chamber of Industry are to operate with minimum personnel to ensure the continuation of services.
  6. 8. All face-to-face or in-class education at public/private primary and secondary schools will continue to be suspended until February 17, 2021. This includes all tuition, private teaching institutions, private lessons and courses. Education will be carried out through distance learning and online. Special needs education institutions will also be closed given the rise in case numbers. However, daycare centres will be allowed to operate to allow the smooth operation of sectors which will remain open.
  7. Individuals receiving routine health treatment in the south are allowed to cross for daily visits and are exempt from quarantine on the condition they present a negative PCR test carried out in the last 72 hours. These individuals and their caretakers will be required to undergo PCR testing on the 7th and 14th days of their return and inform the health ministry of their test results.
  8. 10. Individuals who carry out non-contact commerce within the framework of the Green Line Regulation (GLR) are allowed to continue their operations without any restrictions.
  9. Only transit ambulances are exempt from quarantine at the Yeşilırmak crossing point. All other individuals entering the TRNC through the crossing point will be subject to quarantine.
  10. Individuals living or working in Pile will be required to apply for permission to cross due to the street curfew.
  11. Individuals working in the UN, the EU, the Sovereign Bases Area (SBA), the UN-controlled buffer zone, the Committee for Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) and UN peacekeepers are exempt from quarantine provided they present a negative PCR test carried out in the last 72 hours.
  12. Only TRNC citizens and permanent residents (who have been in the following countries in the last 14 days) United Kingdom, Netherlands, Denmark and South Africa are permitted to enter the country, provided that they stay in central quarantine for 14 days.
  13. Only first-degree family members are allowed to attend funerals.
  14. Individuals residing in the TRNC but working in South Cyprus will continue to be subject to quarantine when entering the north.
  15. Individuals residing in the South but working in the TRNC will continue to be subject to quarantine when entering the north.
  16. Students residing in the TRNC but studying in South Cyprus or vice versa will continue to be subject to quarantine when entering the north.
  17. Individuals residing in Beyarmudu but who carry out farming and livestock breeding in the Sovereign Bases Area (SBA) will be allowed to cross daily without quarantine.
  18. District authorities are authorized with granting permission for cases other than the aforementioned.
  19. PCR testing and vaccinations will continue as announced by the Health Ministry.