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SMS option for private festivities on Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Day

Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said on Tuesday that that citizens will need to SMS to 13033 the option <6> for “exercise” if they want to celebrate Christmas Eve and Day as well as New Year’s Eve and Day with other families.

He warned that the night curfew will not be shorter and that it will remain 10:00 p.m.  to 05:00 a.m. also on these four festive days.

Speaking to ANT1 on Tuesday morning, Petsas stressed that there will be enhanced police controls after 10 o’ clock at night.

“Anyone who will be around after 10:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve will be stopped by police, with the exceptions of workers, of course,” he underlined.

He appealed to citizens to celebrate with people they are in contact with anyway.

It should be recalled that up to 9 people are allowed to join the festivities in private and that no travel to different regional units is permitted. Essential is the SMS or handwritten or printed form in order to leave home.

He added that there will be no tougher restrictions other than the existing ones but “more police checks” and called on citizens “to gather with their families at noon and not at night.”

Two days ago, he had warned, that there could be tougher restrictions over the New Year’s holidays, if citizens do not comply with measures over Christmas.

Petsas said that there may be partial lifting of lockdown locally, when epidemiologists evaluate the course of the coronavirus after January 7.

“Until January 7 we follow the measures and then we hope that we will be in a phase to allow again economic and social activities,” he said.

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  1. In relation to Covid 19 restrictions what are the boundaries of the area that you are not allowed to travel outside of? For example if you live4 in central Athens, can you go to Pireas? Or Voulagmeni? Or does it mean that you must stay inside Attiki?