Bars in Cyprus reopen with groups of 10 allowed to meet up for drinks

Outdoor bars in Cyprus have begun serving customers again – with people permitted to congregate in groups of 10.

Restaurants, taverns, cafes, pizzerias, pubs and bars with outside areas are allowed to reopen on the island from Thursday 21 May – although a number of regulations remain in place.

Temperature checks are being performed upon entry, and patrons can only be served when they are sitting at a table.

The changes have come into effect as Cyprus officially moves into stage two of its lockdown exit roadmap.

Hairdressers, barber shops, and beauty salons will also resume operations this week, with parks, squares and marinas reopening to the public.

The number of people permitted to play sport in groups has also increased.

Shopping malls, hotels and gyms will largely stay closed until July.

Travel restrictions currently remain in place, although reports suggest airports may reopen on June 9.

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