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Greece opens cafes and restaurants a week earlier, on May 25 (UPD)

Greece will open cafes and restaurants a week earlier than originally scheduled, that is instead of June 1, already on May 25, the government announced on Saturday afternoon.

Prior to the announcement, the government had submitted a relevant proposal to the to the committee of health experts at the Health Ministry.

The Infectious Diseases Committee gave positive recommendations and the green light for the reopening on May 25.

The facilities will open with implementing a series of safety, hygiene and social distancing measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

At the moment, it is not clear whether only cafes and restaurants will open again or also bars and other facilities of the catering sector. Unclear is also whether the re-opening will refer only to outdoors space of cafes and restaurants.

Deputy Minister of Development & Investments Nikos Papathanassis will reveal all the details at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 17..

The decision for the earlier opening has taken into account the latest development of the coronavirus epidemiological data.

Government sources told media earlier today, that the opening up of economic and social activities in an organized manner and in compliance with health and safety protocols has so far brought positive results.

Greece started with the gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions on May 4, shops and services opened again in a one-week interval.

Apparently due to the positive results, Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis announced on Saturday that shopping malls, discount and outlet villages, but also zoos and botanical gardens open on Monday, May 18, also earlier than originally scheduled.

In all sectors, rules of hygiene measures, face masks and keeping social distancing are implemented in order to avoid a resurgence of coronavirus cases.

The opening of the catering sector and the organized beaches are the first steps for the country to start accepting foreign tourists again.

PS Greeks have been complaining that when they want to meet with a friend they haven’t meet in the last two lockdown-months and hang out, they have nowhere to go or nothing else to do than get a take away coffee or a drink form the kiosk and sit at a bench in a nearby park or square.

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2 comments

  1. Oh, nice outlook!

    “In all sectors, rules of hygiene measures, face masks and keeping social distancing are implemented”

    So that means i can eat a pizza in a pizzeria while wearing a mask?
    Maybe i should ask the government for a magic wand to manage that task…

    • …or maybe you should just read the rules of hygiene measures & face masks. Face masks are required in small enclosed spaces and on public transport.