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Greece to announce operation of retail stores, hairsalons, churches on Friday

Government spokesman Stelios Petsas and Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis will announce the lifting of some restrictions on the retail sector that will apply during the holiday season on Friday morning.

The health ministry’s committee of coronavirus experts is considering the operation of retail shops, hairdressers, and also of churches over Christmas.

According to media, Reports said that the reopening will be “reasonable and conservative,” as per the recommendations of the committee of health experts advising the government on Covid-19.

Speaking to Alpha FM on Thursday, Petsas said that “it is certain we will not be heading to an all-out reopening, as some might have envisaged.”

With “some” he means ministers of the government who were telling media of the plan of a broader opening of the retail sector, however, the epidemiologists put a break as the number of daily deaths remain high with an average of 98-100 and  the number of intubated Covid-19 patients continue to put pressure on the health care system.

According to media reports, following a meeting Thursday noon, the country’s epidemiologists suggest that only hairdressers, neighborhood bookstores with strict rules and the flower shops with delivery service should open. They excluded toy stores.

Regarding retail stores they pointed out that they can only open with click away service.

Under click away, the product is ordered online or per telephone, the customer prepays the products and receives his order from a specially designed area outside the store.

However, the final decision is up to the government and to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis personally.

The announcement is scheduled for 11 o’ clock on Friday morning, December 11, 2020.

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