Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced night curfew and the use of masks in- and outdoors as the two additional measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country. Addressing in a televised message the citizens on Thursday evening Mitsotsakis said that the pandemic is in an “aggressive peak” and had recorded an “abrupt increase in high speed.”
He warned that the “upcoming months will be difficult” and more targeted measures are needed<” in order to avoid a second lockdown.
He partly justified the increased daily cases numbers of the last days saying that the reason is partly due to “increased number of tests.”
He announced two measures:
Night curfew from 12:30 midnight until 05:00 a.m. in the regional units category 3 and 4 – Exception those who work at night and emergencies. Attica and Thessaloniki are included in these categories.
Mandatory use of masks in- and outdoors.
“In cafes and restaurants masks can be removed once people sit at a table,” the PM said.
He added that the measures go in force at 06:00 a.m. Saturday, October 24, 2020. He did not reveal for how long the measures will be implemented.
According to COVID-18 map on October 22, 2020 these are the regions where categories 3 “orange” and 4 “red” are marked.
Red Category 4 (increased threat) are the Regional Units of Kozani and Kastoria
Orange Category 3 (increased monitoring) are the Regional Units of Thessaloniki, Viotia, Larissa, Serres, Attica, Achaia, Zakynthos, Heraklio, Thira(Santorini) Ioannina, Karditsa, Kea/Kythnos, Lesvos, Mykonos, Pella, Samos, Trikala.
According to newspaper ethnos, the mandatory use of masks in-and outdoors is for Categories 3 and 4.
Note, the official map on covid19.gov.gr has not been updated and does not show Kastoria unit as red. However, you can directly check with your Postal Code or Regional Unit name.
Note also: violating the use of mask cost a fine of 150 euros.
More information on coronavirus in Greece here.
PS Greeks have started to lash out saying the the Prime Minister did not mention the crowding in public transport means due to shortages in schedules, the crowding in churches or even the illegal parades, or the class-rooms with up to 25 students.
Some say the use of masks outdoors should have been implemented early, since the beginning of autumn. But Those lashing out are “the usual mean Greeks”….
As I am one of them, I miss in PM’s statements something about the the high number of deaths. All times record today, Thursday: 15 Covid-19 patients died in the past 24 hours.