The spike of new cases on Friday, forced the Greek government to impose new restrictions in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the Country. In an extraordinary live streaming on Friday evening, head of Greek Civil Protection and Deputy Minister for Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias announced a series of measures most of the be be in force all through the month of August 2020.
The new measures will be imposed following proposals and consultation with the Committee of experts at the Health Ministry.
The most important measure is that the mandatory use of mask extends to all enclosed places, including churches.
It is the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country that the use of masks becomes mandatory in churches.
The use of masks outdoors is strongly recommended when safety distance cannot be observed.
The new measures are:
August 1-30: the use of a mask is mandatory in all indoor areas, including places of worship, with the exception of dining areas and medical exemptions for people e.g. with respiratory problems.
August 1-15: Visits to vulnerable groups, hospitals and nursing homes are suspended. In hospitals, where necessary, there may be one registered attendant. Attendants are not allowed to stay in the hospital if they show any symptoms of upper respiratory infection.
August 3-9: No standing customers in bars, clubs and similar entertainment facilities
Ban on local festivals extends until the end of August.
August 1-15: Limit of up to 100 people during weddings, christenings and funerals.
Strong recommendation for the use of mask outdoors when safety distances cannot be observed.
August 1-31: Traffic restrictions for residents Reception and Identification Centers and in the structures of any kind of the country is extended, until the 31st of August
Suspension of flights from/to Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia is extended until August 15.
The decision on land connections (border entry points / negative PCR test 72 hours for Promachonas crossing) is extended until 15 August.
Decision on negative PCR test 72 hours for those arriving by air from Bulgaria, Romania and the United Arab Emirates is extended until August 15.
Protection measures for private pleasure ships and commercial cruise ships are extended until 31 August.
After the constant increase since July 21, new confirmed coronavirus cases spiked to 78 on Friday increasing the total infections to 4,477. three more Covid-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, raising the number of deaths to 206.