The Council of Ministers decided:

(a) the operation of all public and private schools of Primary and Secondary education normally on January 10, 2022, as announced in a previous decision of the Council of Ministers. It is reminded that all students, teachers and other staff, upon their return, must submit a negative Rapid test lasting 48 hours. It is recalled that pre-school, kindergartens and nurseries are operating normally from January 7, 2022.

(b) from 10 January 2022, primary school students in private and public schools must submit a negative Rapid test twice a week.

(c) from 6 January 2022, the reduction of the number of gatherings in houses to 10 persons, not including children up to 12 years old.

(d) from 10 January 2022, setting a ceiling of 200 persons for restaurants, entertainment venues, music and dance centers, weddings and baptisms, in accordance with sanitary protocols and the maximum number of persons per square meter in force. Compulsory service exclusively on table seats. The maximum number of people per table is set at 8 people. It is reminded that dancing is prohibited in the above areas.

(e) from 6 January 2022, the establishment of a ceiling of 200 persons for churches and places of worship, in accordance with sanitary protocols and the maximum number of persons per square meter in force. It is reminded that, as is the case for all indoor and outdoor areas, during the sanctification of the waters on the day of the Epiphany, the citizens are obliged to wear a protective mask and keep the necessary distances. It is recommended to avoid the use of a fabric protective mask.

(f) from 6 January 2022, the mandatory presentation of proof of identification (identity card, passport, driving license) during the Safepass check at the places where it is required, with the managers of the premises / companies proceeding to the identification of the data.

(g) from 10 January 2022, the increase in the teleworking rate to 50%.

(h) from 10 January 2022, accommodation and visits to hotels / tourist accommodation will only be allowed to persons who have started or completed their vaccination program and the time period required to receive the 2nd or 3rd has not elapsed vaccine dose.

(i) the administration of additional packaging with 5 self-tests to persons aged 12 years and over who have completed their vaccination program.

(j) from 6 January 2022, close contacts, regardless of history of vaccination or disease, be submitted on the 3rd and 5th day after the last date of contact with the case, Rapid antigen or PCR laboratory test.

(k) from 6 January 2022, the ban on residents spending overnight stays in closed structures and nursing homes.

(l) from 6 January 2022, the lifting of the mandatory state quarantine of passengers coming from the countries of South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Botswana, as well as based on our epidemiological picture Omicron in our country is made by different countries.

(m) from 6 January 2022, those arriving in the Republic of Cyprus and refusing to undergo a PCR laboratory test will then be placed in state quarantine for a period of 14 days and will be released on the 7th day, subject to performing a PCR laboratory test. The costs of quarantine and examination will be borne by the citizen.

(n) from 6 January 2022, all passengers aged 12 and over arriving in the Republic of Cyprus must have a PCR laboratory examination lasting at least 72 hours before their departure for the Republic.

(o) the extension of the existing measures until 31 January 2022.