On June 15, the Minister of Health announced a further relaxation of the restrictions of gatherings that have been in place due to COVID-19. The main change is that larger gatherings will now be limited to 500 people, up from 200 people. The existing restrictions for swimming pools and fitness centres at 75% of the maximum capacity will also expire on 15 June.
The decision is in accordance with the recommendations of the Chief Epidemiologist. The rate of infections has decreased significantly over the past few weeks. Twelve new cases have been diagnosed in May and June, with only four active infections remaining.
The restrictions originally put in place in March have been gradually lifted since the beginning of May. With these last changes, the remaining restrictions concern the 500-person limit on gathering and the limited opening hours for bars, nightclubs, and game rooms, which must close at 11 PM. No increase in infection has been observed following these reductions. Guidelines on handwashing, the use of hand sanitizers, and social distancing remain in place and are considered essential for the continued containment of the virus.