Government orders masks and Covid passes for children to ‘save Christmas’ – RT World News

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The authorities in Cyprus have announced strict new Covid-19 restrictions, including mandatory screenings and masks for children from the age of six.

In response to an increase in the number of cases in the Mediterranean island, health officials have tightened their pandemic protocols and have even announced that citizens’ vaccination certification, also known as SafePass, will be void next month if they are seven months away from their vaccination. .

This will require many, including children, to receive booster shots to gain access to indoor spaces such as restaurants and shops with a SafePass. Unvaccinated individuals over the age of 12 must be vaccinated to access shopping malls, restaurants, theaters, and other indoor and outdoor areas. About 20% of Cyprus has not yet been vaccinated.

From November 29, children between the ages of six and 11 must be checked weekly for coronavirus. Face masks will also be mandatory. Self-test kits will be available to individuals in December, but unvaccinated citizens will have to bear the cost themselves.

Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas said in a statement that the new orders were introduced to: “save christmas.”

“Only through cooperation and individual responsibility can we overcome the threat of this virus and save Christmas without imposing additional measures,” he said.

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