Half of the scheduled weddings and baptisms have been cancelled following a decree banning unvaccinated people from social events, the Cyprus association of professional events said on Thursday.
Cancellations of events have increased since the ministry this week widened a ban on the unvaccinated, the head of the association Constantinos Mosaikos told the Cyprus News Agency, adding that 50 per cent of events have already been cancelled.
As of Wednesday and until January 31, 2022, entry to social gatherings such as weddings, baptisms as well as restaurants and cafes among other places is only allowed to people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine and present a negative 72-hour PCR or 48-hour rapid test.
The measure was announced late November, however the expansion to include social events was announced on Monday.
The association has requested financial support from the government, Mosaikos said, after the proposal to postpone implementing the health ministry’s decision for 30 days was rejected by the ministry.
Mosaikos explained that although the number of unvaccinated people at each event might be small, it happens that they have an important role and could not miss the event so families are forced to cancel.
There are many who decided to proceed with just the ceremony without holding a reception, which a “another big blow” for event organisers, the head of the association said.
He said that they support the health ministry’s measures which act as an incentive for the unvaccinated to receive an anti-coronavirus vaccine, but it would have been better to offer a grace period before their implementation.
Among the members of the association are photographers, DJs, venue owners and catering companies.