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Greece bans traditional door to door Christmas carols

No bell ring early morning, no children at your door step singing carols on the Eve of Christmas and New Year, no groups of people signing on the streets. Authorities in Greece have banned the tradition of door to door carols due to the pandemic. This Christmas will be different with night curfews, limited number of people around the festive table, no Eve parties and with restricted church services.

At a live briefing on Tuesday, head of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias announced that health authorities prohibit door to door carols to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Churches will be allowed to open to the faithful only on Christmas Day, New Year and Epiphany on Jan. 6, with limits on the number of people up to 25 or 50 allowed inside according to church size. Banned are loudspeakers during the services and gathering at church courtyards.
The night curfew will remain in place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. throughout the holidays.

Number of people around the festive table is maximum 9.

“It is best to restrict socializing to the closest circle possible,” Hardalias said.

He underlined that police will be carrying out intensified checks to ensure compliance with the measures during the holiday period.

Citizens should keep up with all safety measures and restrictions over the holiday season, to prevent facing a new coronavirus outbreak early in the new year, he stressed.

PS I’m gonna miss this boy who used to ring the door bell sharp 7 o’ clock in the morning for at least three years.

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