Hunters have asked to be exempted from the 11 pm to 5 am curfew that will take effect as of Friday in the districts of Paphos and Limassol, a measure related to the coronavirus situation.
In a letter to the interior minister, the Movement of United Hunters of Cyprus said their forays start at daybreak, which at this time of year happens around 5.20 am. Given that they have to be on the road to their destination well before dawn, the curfew until 5 am effectively prevents them from hunting.
The hunters said they usually work either individually or in very small groups with whom they normally interact anyway. Moreover, different groups of hunters tend to stay far away from each other due to the nature of the activity.
They also said fishermen should be afforded the same exemption from the decree on outdoor movement, which they said made no sense when it came to these activities.
“Thousands of people have paid their hunting and fishing licences, and we cannot deprive them of their lawful rights without good cause,” they said.