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Greece extends part of lockdown restrictions until Jan 7, 2021

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.

Check also: 10-day quarantine for those returning to Greece from abroad Dec 18-Jan 7.

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.

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  1. Does this mean my daughter and family who live in Glyfada, Attica can not fly to UK for Christmas?

    • They can go to UK. Just need to fill out a PLF. It’s domestic travel out of your territory that’s banned.

    • The need to self isolate for 14 days arriving in UK AND again 10 days mandatory quarantaine when they fly back (and even that will change cause UK is no EU anaymore after December 31) Furthermore PLF and negative test manatory


    • Who are the real experts for crying out loud?Im surprised that Keep Talking Greece printed the F language,seemed rather crude and uneducated.What makes things worse?.. showing caution or throwing caution to the wind..or something else?

    • And I would really like to know who these “experts” are?? What do they say is the right thing to do to prevent people from getting sick and dying????

  3. I am staying in Stoupa, Mani. Can my friend give me a lot to Athens airport next week? I am flying back to London?

  4. I am staying in Stoupa, Mani. Can my friend give me a lift by car to Athens airport next week? I am flying back to London?

  5. Is there any new news about entering Greece from a EU-country, regarding negative Covid-test?

  6. I don’t understand why they can’t take a regional approach, for example, applying measure according to the nomous (prefectures, counties). The Govt. obviously has figures for each, as we all see them in the maps that we see on-line. Where I live (Lasithi, Crete) there are next-to-no cases on a day-to-day basis, so why should all the businesses here have to suffer (and many will no doubt close) due to the problems of places quite far away? Plus, with so many businesses unable to trade, the government is also losing out on a huge tax income.

  7. This is the most ridiculous decision! The lockdown is 2 month then! They cannot do that! These restrictions are more harder than in the high peak of the pandemic! The vaccine is rolling out to every country so why do they need to extend until 07.01.2021??? The government is doing it more worse! People will go out and demonstrate against it. It is enough!!!! Dear government, listen to your people and stop ruin lives!!!!!

  8. Will the limited reasons for leaving home and the SMS system remain in force, or is that being lifted on Monday, does anybody know?

  9. My daughter is coming from UK. She did the RT-PCR at the University Laboratory Medical Center. The certificate mentioned the following info: Full name, Passport’s number, Date/hour of the test and the result of the test Negative for Covid-19. It is enough these info for travelling to Greece? we didn’t find a sample of the certificate accepted for travel to Greece. please help me if you have a sample to compare.

  10. I live in Messinia, does that mean that I can move anywhere in this prefecture?

  11. As an expat from the UK, living on the island of Zakynthos for nearly 15 years and being born just at the end of the Second World War, I would be interested to know the average age of all those who complain about the government’s decisions on the issue of lock down. I grew up unaware of the restrictions place on the people of the UK regarding food rationing after the war, accepting the situation as what it was.
    We are faced with a situation that requires often radical decisions by the government of the day.
    If you cannot understand the reasons for those decisions (leaving aside the moronic utterances of the conspiracy theorists), then I can only assume you have never had to ‘do without’. I believe it is a mark of a nations’ durability that it can endure these setbacks and just get on with it. The Greeks of my generation knew, better than I, how to deal with the vagaries of life. They were tough people who had no time for moaning about their lives. It was what it was (leaving aside the socio-political aspects of bad government world wide, and that never changes). I would love to go to my favourite bars and tavernas to meet with friends. I can’t, even though we have next to no cases on this island. I accept that there is an issue greater than my own personal wishes. So, I accept the limitations. It will not last forever.

  12. High Yield Consultant

    Yes Dave, there is a generational conflict in many countries right now relating to how to deal with the COVID-19 problem. Younger healthy citizens, who are in the majority, tend to see restrictions ‘now’ as being negative, whereas older citizens often have more patience to invest in ‘longer’ term resolutions. It is easy to understand how people can be very passionate about their opinion.

    I too would love to visit my favorite tavernas!