From the time the government imposed a curfew on Tuesday at 6pm until Thursday morning at 7am a total of 6,822 checks were carried out and 445 drivers and pedestrians have been booked, Justice Minister Giorgos Savvides said on Thursday after a cabinet meeting.
A total of 20,510 inspections have taken place since March 11, when the initial measures to limit movement to prevent the spread of the coronavirus were put in place, until Thursday at 6am, and 46 persons were booked.
Since Saturday, March 21 when police intensified their checks they have more than doubled, Savvides announced.
From that time until Thursday morning 14,197 premises were inspected and 34 booked. Police visited churches, bars, cafes, kiosks, street vendors, restaurants, barber shops, public markets and even a shooting range, the minister said.
“I want to reiterate the message to all our fellow citizens that we are staying at home. We respect that we have to deal with an enemy that is both dangerous and invisible. And the only way we can deal with it is by respecting and following the decrees issued by the responsible ministry,” he said. “That is why I urge all my fellow citizens to stay at home and limit unnecessary travel to the maximum extent possible. If we do not comply, we will be forced to take stricter measures, something that each of us would like to avoid.”
Later on Thursday, Limassol police said that 6am until 6pm, 1,325 vehicles and 254 people on foot were checked, resulting in 43 of them being booked.
Two premises were also booked during 241 investigations into the violation of measures to counter the spread of the coronavirus, a café and a pawnshop.