TRNC - Rules

16.11.2020 Ministry of Health Statement 


The Contagious Diseases High Committee and the Ministry of Health has decided to implement the following additional decisions:


1. The quarantine decisions taken on 16 November 2020 have been extended until 23:59 on November 30 2020.


2. Based on the increasing number of cases in the Republic of Cyprus, the Board has re-evaluated all the decisions taken. As of 17.11.2020, it has been decided that anyone who enters the TRNC from the ROC and stays in the country for more than 3 days will be permitted to enter by submitting a negative PCR test result at the border and will remain in quarantine for 7 days. However, anyone who enters the TRNC from the ROC for 3 days or less will be able to enter without quarantine if they submit a negative PCR test result performed within the last 3 days. These people will be informed verbally by the Immigration officers at the border. Those who work, study (including registered parents) and those receiving treatment, Pile residents, diplomatic mission in Cyprus, UN, EU, British Bases Area and Peace Force personnel are exempt from this practice, but will continue to be tested randomly.


3. It was decided to postpone the decision to open boxing, wrestling and close contact sports until November 30 2020.


4. It has been decided to postpone the opening of clubs and discos, which are entertainment venues, until November 30 2020.


5. In line with the request conveyed to us by the Directorate of Sports Department, it has been deemed appropriate to allow non-contact sports in Kempo (Kenpo) sports branches.


6. It was decided to open exhibitions within the scope of pandemic rules such as social distancing and mask wearing.


7. Cinemas and theaters have been permitted to open provided necessary hygiene measures are taken and ventilation of the environment is provided. The audience need to be seated diagonally, at least 1.5 meters apart.

07.10.2020 - Statement from the Ministry of Health:

The Contagious Diseases High Committee and the Ministry of Health has decided to implement the measures below under the 45/2018 Contagious Diseases Law.
Due to the decrease in the number of internal cases in the TRNC, as of 07.10.2020, following businesses/venues will be allowed to open under certain conditions:
 
1. Mass Worship/Religious Gatherings:

• Masks must be worn during worship
• Social distancing and hygiene rules must be complied with
• The environment should be ventilated so that a flow of fresh air is provided
• Anyone entering must be registered
 
2. Bars:

• Only 6 people can it at a table
• Distance between tables must be at least 2 meters
• The environment should be ventilated so that a flow of fresh air is provided
• Anyone entering must be registered
• If the tables are full, standing customers are not allowed
 
3. Casinos:

• Social distancing rules must be complied with
• Mask must be work and hygiene rules complied with
• Anyone entering must be registered
• Machines must be cleaned after each person
• Hand sanitizer must be installed in areas where live games are located and ensuring players disinfect their hands
• No open buffet in the casino
 
4. Massage Salons:

• Employees need to use protective equipment during the session
• Staff need to take 1 PCR test per week
• The hygiene rules must be complied with
• Disinfection of the environment after every customer
• Anyone entering must be registered

Schools, Universities & Other Educational Establishments


Schools are now open for

  • Pre-school (up to 5 yrs) - full-time

  • Primary school, grades 1 and 2 – alternating

  • Primary school, grades 3-4 and 5 – alternating

  • Secondary School and High School (grades 6-7-8-9-10-11 and 12) – alternating (To start from October 12)

 

From October 12, 2020, private education institutions (study centers, etc.) may be re-opened provided that social distancing, hygiene and other protective measures are applied.


University, applied departments, where face-to-face training is required, training may be carried out provided that social distancing, hygiene and other protective measures are followed. 

 

  • Transportation for educational purposes must comply with Covid rules.

  • The Ministry of Education and Culture together with the Primary Health Care department have prepared a guide for educational facilities, detailing the measures they need to take. 

  • Class sizes of for all educational groups is limited to a maximum of 20 people and classroom order must be planned in a way that social distance, hygiene and other protective measures are applied.

Sports and Playground

  • Boxing, wrestling and martial arts are prohibited until November 1, 2020.

  • Training/practice for non-contact and low risk sports are now permitted.  Competitions without spectators are allowed from October 15, 2020, if the Federation deems appropriate. Periodic PCR testing will be performed on athletes' depending on cases and TRNC infection rates.

  • Individuals can perform outdoor sports and attend gyms, on the condition that the total persons within the gym do not exceed 25 people in gyms of 200 m2 and above, max 15 people in gyms between 100-200m2, max 10 people in gyms between 50-100 m2, and max 5 people in 50 m2 gyms).  Spectators are not permitted

  • Children’s playgrounds and parks are open

Restaurant, Bars & Casinos

  • A maximum of 6 people can sit at a table in bars, restaurants and taverns (meyhanes) and tables should be arranged so that they are at least 2 meters apart. The same above-mentioned table layout is required in bars and standing customers are not permitted, if the bar is crowded.

  • Good ventilation is required and other hygiene measures must be practiced

  • All persons entering must be registered

  • Casinos are now open, however masks must be work and hygiene rules complied with.  The machines must be cleaned after each person and hand sanitizer installed in areas where live games are located and the casino must ensure players disinfect their hands.  Open buffets are not permitted

Other Services

  • Massage Parlors, hairdressers, beauty centers and barbers must comply with the covid 19 rules for this type of establishment.  Rigorous inspections (by the municipality, Ministry of Labour, security forces, etc.) will be performed.

 
Election Events

  • Election rallies and similar gatherings are cancelled. TV program productions are required to: have a maximum of 3 people in studios with an area of 15-25m2, a maximum of 5 people in studios with an area of 25-50m2, and a maximum of 10 people in studios with an area of 50-100m2 (these numbers include the presenter and cameraman)


Older People 

  • People over 65 years of age  and individuals with a compromised immune system, chronic lung disease, asthma, COPD, cardiovascular disease, kidney, hypertension and liver disease, and those using medications that disrupt the immune system are advised to isolate themselves at home, if possible. Young people should keep physical distance from people in the above mentioned categories for their safety.

Source: KKTC Sağlık Bakanlığı / TRNC Ministry of Health

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TFR - The Foreign Residents in the TRNC