New decisions were taken by the Supreme Committee on Infectious Diseases in North Cyprus and some restrictions have been imposed on organisations in light of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.
RULES OF ENTRY
Only vaccinated people are allowed to participate in New Year’s Eve gatherings, it has been announced that open and closed-in areas will accept people by following the square meter rules and unvaccinated people cannot participate at these events.
While it was forbidden for more than 10 people to gather at celebrations held at home, it was stated that those who do participate must show a negative PCR test taken in the last 72-hours prior to the gathering or a negative antigen test taken in the last 24-hours.
It is also prohibited to hold mass New Year’s Eve events in schools, offices and government offices.
Since 31 December this year coincides with a Friday, 1 January was not declared a public holiday, the New Year’s holiday will continue at the weekend.
Local Municipality Events
Local municipalities will not be holding any events for New Year’s Eve as the advice is to avoid large gatherings.
Hotels and Restaurants
Unlike last year, while hotels and restaurants are preparing entertainment programmes to welcome in the new year, vaccination and testing conditions will be required at the entrance to these venues, and people who are not vaccinated will not be able to attend the events. Vaccinated people who wish to participate in the events must also have a negative PCR test result no more than 72 hours prior to attending the event or a negative antigen test taken within the last 48 hours.
Health and Hygiene Rules
Health Minister Ali Pilli, in a statement he made recently, warned all the public to comply with the Covid-19 measures, and to observe the masks, distance and hygiene rules during New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Police – Public Safety
The General Directorate of Police announced that it has taken all the safety measures to the highest level in order to ensure that the people spend the New Year celebrations in an atmosphere of peace and security.
The police will provide 24-hour uninterrupted service with “155 POLICE HELP”, “156 NARCOTICS”, “199 FIRE” and other telephone lines in order to evaluate complaints and requests for assistance and to provide immediate service.
The police have asked motorists to drive with care and avoid speeding and also warned the public against drinking and driving.