Greece extended part of the lockdown restriction until the first week of the new year. Schools, courts, restaurants, recreation and sports activities, including ski resorts, will remain closed until January 7, 2021, government spokesman Stelios Petsas announced on Monday.
The night curfew will remain in place and so will the prohibition of moving from regional unit of primary residence to another regional unit.
The ban on rallies is extended, while telework is maintained at the same rates.
Petsas said that the government will announce a roadmap on the gradual opening of churches, retail shops and hair salons later in the week.
Greece on Monday extended its lockdown measures in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease through January 7, including a night time curfew and a ban on traveling outside home prefectures.
Schools, restaurants, bars, courts and ski resorts will remain closed until that date, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said during a press conference.
He said the government will announce measures regarding churches, hair salons and retail stores later in the week.
“With such a large number of intubated and occupied ICUs beds, the pressure on the National Health system remains, and under these circumstances, any return to normalcy will be slower, gradually and safely,” Petsas added.
Earlier today, the Health Minister Kikilias, who so far would not see any problem in the health system and the hospitals, admitted the pressure on the hospitals and that 85% of ICU beds were occupied.
Fact is that both Petsas and Kikilias served as forerunners of an upcoming interview of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at 7 p.m. Monday with Alpha TV.
The original government plan was that Mitsotakis was to address the nation last Thursday, announcing a roadmap for some re-opening of the economy and possible lockdown extension.
However, in terms of PR that was difficult after the picture of PM along with five motorcyclists without wearing a mask and keeping social distancing was published.
PS Now everybody puzzles what the PM will say in his interview in the evening. Anyway, at the cabinet meeting Monday morning he spoke like a PM of another country and outlined his vision of the future of the economy, while 100 people on the average die on daily basis since November 21.