Completely nuts, absolute confusion! Greek media report on Wednesday evening that when the night curfew goes into force on November 13, take away and delivery will have to close at 8:30 pm. And this when supermarkets normally close at 9 pm and no new working hours have been imposed by the Civil Protection.
News website news247.gr, writes that the Civil Protection has clarified that “stores operating only with delivery or take away will close at 8:30 pm.”
In contrast, ANT1 TV reported on its prime time news that “only take away” will shut down but not delivery services.
The reports comes some two hours after head of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias announced on live TV statements the night curfew from 9 pm until 5 am as a measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
During his live statements, Hardalias did not make any reference neither about take away nor about delivery
Anyway, the new is all over the Greek internet, Greeks on social media are upset and wonder what is the purpose of such a “stupid” measure.
So far, the Civil Protection has not made any official statement on the news that seriously threatens the good old Greek habits for a late dinner. Not to mention those who come home from work after 9 pm, those who work night shifts.
With this erratic government with its patch measures to keep a balance between public health and economy, not only we will get depressed with the lockdown and the night curfew in the dark winter months, we will go into starving.
PS I assume, until the Civil Protection takes official position the night curfew and the lockdown may have been lifted and the coronavirus effectively exterminated with vaccine shots and I will need to write 2-3 posts for a weird, silly and truly unnecessary measure.
UPDATE 1 in the end, media reported that only take away service will be closed and delivery service will be in operation until these facilities close for the night, whenever that is.
UPDATE 2 And even later, and after the social media got on fire due to this awkward measure, Head of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias finally clarified that:
“It is out of question to ban delivery during 9 pm-5 am and we clarify that take away continues after 9 pm and during their whole operation time, however not as a “self-contain ” reason of movement and in the framework of the allowed movement during this hours.
In plain language: one can take away food only during the allowed reasons to be out of home and these are: work, health emergency and dog walking.
Don’t even think to SMS <2> – i.e. purchases – to get a Pita-Gyros with Tzatziki and fries. But you can take away them on the way back from the hospital where you took granny for an emergency.
PS after this much-ado-about-nothing Greek mentality, I think I will allow me a drink. Or two. Or three….