Bank of Cyprus (BoC) staff who have not received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine will have to test twice a week from Monday, as the lender seeks to minimise the risk of transmission amid a surge of the virus.
In a circular to staff seen by the Cyprus Mail, BoC said there has been a rise in cases recently and the Delta variant has been detected in the community.
The management said complacency was out of the question under the circumstances and staff must strictly adhere to the health and safety measures already in place.
“Considering the increase in cases, it has been decided that staff compulsory rapid antigen testing will be carried out every 72 hours starting Monday, July 5, 2021, that is every Sunday and Wednesday,” the circular said.
Staff members who have received at least one dose are exempted, provided three weeks have passed since their jab.
Also exempted are people who have had the virus and it has not yet been six months since the confirmation.
People who return from more than seven days of holidays, and who do not belong to the exceptions, would also have to test for Covid the day before.
The management did advise however that they too should submit to a test.
The bank said staff members who wish to vaccinate can do so during working hours.