Given the health circumstances, it is impossible for retail to open again on March 29, deputy Interior Minister Stelios Petsas said on Tuesday morning.
“The government priority is the public health and currently the opening of stores is impossible to happen,” Petsas told Skai TV. he estimated that things will be much better over Easter (May 2) and did not rule out that travel between different regional units may be allowed over the holidays.
With the situation in public hospitals in Attica described as dramatic, epidemiologists are not expected to give soon the green light for the substantial reopening of retail and schools.
“Any opening has its risks,” Alkiviadis Vatopoulos, professor of microbiology at the University of West Attica told media on Monday.
Government source have reportedly told media that there are no stricter measures that the state can take and that it is now up to members of the public to comply with the existing restrictions.
Crucial for further decisions is that the number coronavirus cases stabilize and start declining.
Hairdressers, nail salons and archaeological sites opened again since March 22, and the curfew on weekends was shortened but restrictions remain, including exit from home with SMS or special working permissions.
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