Speaking after Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, Petrides said Ministers had agreed to hiring extra personnel, bringing the number of seasonal lifeguards engaged for the summer high season to 164.
This number will, in addition, be supplemented by 53 hired by the municipalities of Ayia Napa, Paralimni and Sotira on their own initiative, bringing the total to 217. It is understood the number of seasonal lifeguards hired fluctuates year to year.
Petrides said lifeguards at some particularly tourist-heavy beaches would also be working until 7pm.
Working hours depend on each municipality but some lifeguards get off duty as early as 5pm when beaches are often still packed.
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