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Greece makes use of masks in supermarkets mandatory again

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.

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.

Video: PM Mitsotakis and Tourism Minister Thoharis on Corfu last week

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…

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5 comments

  1. The use of Masks should be mandatory in all closed areas instead of just the super markets. Theatre of insanity 🙁

  2. Why just grocery stores? This makes no sense to me. You are not obligated to wear a mask in retail stores?
    Could someone explain this protocol to me and the rational behind it.

    • It’s just for the media, there is no common sense.
      Meanwhile thousands of olympiacos fans celebrate the championship in squares.

      • I miss hearing from Dr. Sotiris Tsiodras. I know it took a toll on him both physically and emotionally talking to us nightly, but I trusted him. Now I feel nothing but confusion.

        • And Tsiodras opposed the wearing of masks by the general population, as do most sane people who know the science. It is a desperate attempt to convince people that useless politicians have solved the problem. And desperate gullible people are happy about it.