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Lockdown for Thessaloniki, Larissa, Rodopi; 8 regions change Risk Level

Greece’s Civil Protection announced on Thursday evening that three more regional units are classified as “high risk”, Tier 4, on the Covid-19 map of the country. Tough restrictions, a form of lockdown where many business and services operations will be suspended, will be imposed in the regional units of Thessaloniki, Larissa and Rodopi as of 06:00 am Friday, October 30, 2020.

The number of “high risk”/Alarm Level regional units increase to seven. The other four are Serres, Ioannina, Kozani and Kastoria.

At the same time, another 8 regional units across the country change their status and are placed in higher categories.

Using a 7-day rolling average, the daily number of Covid cases has roughly tripled in the month of October.

At a life briefing on Thursday, head of Civil Protedction Nikos Hardalias, said that an exceptional epidemiological outbreak has been recently observed in the Regional Units of Thessaloniki, Larissa and Rodopi.

He said that the restrictions imposed in Alarm Level regional units will go into force from 06:00 am Friday.

Exceptions are for travel to/from these areas and for the land, sea and air connections, for practical reasons. The travel restrictions will go in force at 06:00 am Monday, November 2, 2020.

Hardalias said that the issue of travel for the units in Level 4 will be re-evaluated in the coming hours.

The decision to raise the level of alarm in Thessaloniki, Larissa and Rodopi is based on data, measurements and criteria related to the assessment of the situation of the last few days.

Current cases in the 3 regional units

  • Thessaloniki: 1,955 active cases, 4,399 close contacts, who are in isolation at home. Average age of infected 35.2 years.
  • Larissa: 343 active cases, 721 close contacts. Average age 37.
  • Rodopi: 217 active cases, 488 close contacts. Average age 30.

The average age of the cases, as well as the detailed reports of the daily tracking show that there is a large correlation and connection of the cases with entertainment, sports activities, but also mass social and other gatherings, Hardalias said.

Restrictions Level 4

Among others, bars, cafes and restaurant suspend operation with the exception of take away, delivery and drive-through.

Schools will remain open and so will retail stores.

Services like hairdresser, nails, beauty salons etc will reportedly operate with the restrictions of Level 3.

Masks are mandatory in- and outdoors and night curfew 12:30 until 05:00 a.m. (exceptions for workers and emergencies)

More measures at the official covid-19 gov.gr in Greek.

Note that in this form of lockdown, citizens do not need to fill any form or send sms to go out of their homes.

Regional units – New Level

As of 06:00 am Friday, October 30,2020:

the Regional Units of Pella, Drama, Evros, Xanthi, Kilkis, Halkidiki, Kavala, Pieria and Imathia go up from Level 2 (yellow) to Level 3 (orange).

The Regional Units of Messinia and Arkadia go up from Level 1(green) to Level 2 (yellow)

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will announce a “one-month action plan” to contain the rapid spread of the coronavirus on Friday, October 30, 2020. He said that the government will do everything needed to avoid a general lockdown as in last spring.

The daily cases and the geographic distribution on October 29 here.

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