Welfare offices in Paphos were vandalized, causing substantial damage estimated at €1,400. The police are currently investigating the motive behind the breakin and searching for the perpetrators, while maintaining a vigilant presence at the site. Meanwhile, the local federation representing employers and industrialists has expressed opposition to proposals suggesting a reduction in the operating hours of shops, highlighting the positive impact of extended hours on employment and investment in the retail sector. Critics, however, raise concerns about the potential impact on smaller businesses. The federation argues that Cyprus’ high retail density demonstrates the vitality of flexible shop hours in catering to consumer needs and choices.