Greece has decided late on Friday to impose the mandatory use of masks in supermarkets for both working staff and shoppers. The measure to contain the spread of coronavirus goes into effect on Saturday, July 18, 2020.
Secretary General of Trade and Consumer Protection Panagiotis Stampoulidis posted on Twitter that the decision has been taken by the National Committee for the Protection of Public Health against Covid-19.
“The use of non-medical mask in supermarkets by employees and consumers is mandatory,” the Secretary General noted.
Εφαρμόζοντας @MinDevGR @AdonisGeorgiadi @npapathanasis την απόφαση της Εθνικής Επιτροπής Προστασίας της Δημόσιας Υγείας έναντι του COVID-19, εκδίδεται ΚΥΑ με την οποία καθίσταται από αύριο,υποχρεωτική η χρήση μη ιατρικής μάσκας στα σούπερ μάρκετ από τους εργαζομένους& καταναλωτές
— Panagiotis G Stampoulidis (@PStampoulidis) July 17, 2020
According to information from the Ministry of Development and Investment, the joint ministerial decision was signed today, Friday, and is valid from tomorrow, Saturday, July 18.
those violating the measure are to be fined with 150 euros.
Greece has seen a spike of coronavirus cases since beginning of the month not only due to the arrival of tourists but also due to relaxation of protection measures among the local population including government officials.
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Health experts have been warning of a possible upcoming 2. wave of coronavirus. What worries them most is the spread of the virus in several regions and the increase of “unsourced’ infections.
However, the government so far, has not dared to impose more restrictions like shutting down beach bars where crowding occurs every weekend.
PS relaxation of measures has been observed everywhere, especially in cafeterias where customers socializing without any safety distance and the staff has often abandoned the masks despite the obligation. And if it were only in cafeterias…