As the lock down is easing on residents of Northern Cyprus, the awareness of being extra careful with personal hygiene sky rocketed. Before the coronavirus hit the beautiful island, you’d always catch most people out on a run at the gyms, students meeting up with shuttles and professionals going about their activities. This drastically came to a halt for about three months when the government imposed the shut-down. However, since the gradual lifting of the restriction, residents including students have much more flexibility in their schedules.
From one perspective, social distancing might be seen as an effective public health approach in response to the outbreak of Covid-19, though to an extend. The government enforced the use of face mask in public places especially places of huge gatherings. Some include: banks, open markets, groceries stores, public transport, boutiques and so on. There has been wide acceptance for wearing face masks in public after the pandemic. People are thus familiar with wearing masks as others gear to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses and unhealthy exposures. In the context of COVID-19, this good habit – which originally grew out of an unfortunate necessity.
The above-mentioned habits among others; have proved helpful in preventing people-to-people transmissions. People generally display a high level of trust and willingness to follow the guidelines in this exceptional crisis. Especially when it comes to saving people’s life and ensuring public safety, the need to sacrifice one’s own interest for common objectives seems accepted by the majority. Almost every individual on the island has a small bottle of sanitizer stuck in their pockets or in their cars, and even each ATM spot has a standing sanitizer pole kept close to them by the government.
According to the statistics from the ministry of health there has not been any recorded case of the corona virus since 20th of April 2020.