The Council of Ministers is expected to approve on Wednesday a set of further relaxations concerning measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, announcing, among others, its decisions to open restaurants.

As CNA learns, among the proposals set for approval on Tuesday are moving curfew hours to 11.00pm (currently movement is prohibited from 9.00pm to 5.00am), opening restaurants and cafes and allowing Gymnasium students to return to their classes.

The new set of measures is expected to enter into force on March 16, after Cabinet takes its final decisions. Measures are expected to be announced to the public after the Cabinet session.

CNA has learnt that the number of permits for people to go out of home will remain the same, and citizens will continue to be allowed to send a request via sms twice a day until at least the end of March.

A maximum of 10 people will be allowed for gatherings at homes, according to the predominant scenario.

The date to open hotels remains still unknown. The President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades is meeting on Tuesday evening with the Cyprus Hotels Association, in the presence of Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou and decisions are expected within the next days.

As for restaurants, CNA learns that the relevant protocol allowing for their reopening is still not ready and is expected to be finalized on Wednesday. Provisions include the maximum number of people an establishment is allowed to serve.

President Anastasiades met earlier on Tuesday with the Advisory Scientific Committee for COVID-19, in the presence of competent Ministers, to review the epidemiological situation and the gradual lifting of restrictions.

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