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Coronavirus: New measures from June 1

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The health ministry on Monday reiterated the new measures that will come into force as of June 1 as coronavirus restrictions are reduced as the coronavirus indictors on the island improve.

As daily cases have recorded a near 95 per cent drop since their high on April 20, the maximum number allowed to attend various events and activities has been raised, with certain restrictions and requirements still in place.

The revised set of measures was approved by the cabinet on May 28.

For house gatherings, the maximum number of people allowed in a single house rises to 20 including children and those who live there.

More than 20 people can gather at a single house only for weddings and christenings and only after the relevant permit has been secured from the health ministry.

As for churches, 50 per cent of capacity is allowed. People aged 12 and over must have a SafePass. People can gather in a church’s outdoor area while following social distancing.

The maximum number of people who can attend church for prayer has been set at 20.

Funerals, weddings and christenings can take place as long as attendance does not exceed 50 per cent of the space being used.

Social gatherings, including parties, christening and wedding celebrations can take place as long as one of the following conditions are met: a maximum of 150 people who are sat down for a meal, a maximum of 280 people in an exterior space who are sat down for a meal, a maximum of 250 people attending an outdoor cocktail party.

All people in any of these circumstances over 12 must have a SafePass.

All private tutoring, private educational institutes and social activity clubs may resume operations but with a maximum of seven people, including the tutor.

For private tutoring institutes and social activity clubs using indoor spaces, all people aged 12 and over must have SafePass.

Conferences and expos can take place with 50 per cent of the maximum capacity of the venue, where again all people over 12 must have a SafePass.

The same rules also also apply to casinos, theatres, cinemas, amphitheatres and visual arts spaces.

Interior and exterior children’s playground and play areas can reopen. They do not, however, have permission to have organised social gatherings and parties.

Private companies, as well as various departments and services in the public sector, can have 50 per cent of their workforce present at any time.

Essential services are excluded from this restriction.

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