Restrictive measures for unvaccinated citizens in Greece go into effect on Monday, September 13, on the same day the schools open again. The restrictions will change the personal and work life of those not vaccinated against Covid-19 and will also affect their movement with public transport means for travels to mainland and the islands. At the same time, they will face increased expenses as they will have to pay from their own pockets Covid-tests in order to continue working.
According to the relevant ministerial decisions, the restrictive measures are in effect from 13. September 2021. The health Ministry had announced in August that the restrictions for unvaccinated are to be in force until 31. March 2022.
Restrictions for Unvaccinated
No access to the closed spaces of restaurants, cafes, taverns, bars, clubs, etc, sports stadiums
Access to gyms, theaters and cinemas, museums only with a negative rapid test carried out in last 48 hours.
Employees, students, teachers
Unvaccinated employees of the public and private sector will have to undergo one Rapid test once per week. The cost of €10 will be covered by them.
Unvaccinated teachers will have to carry out two rapid tests per week. Cost €20 per week.
Self tests for pupils are available free of charge and must be declared on the platform self-testing.gov.gr.
University students are required to have 2 rapid antigen tests per week, which are performed exclusively in private diagnostic centers, at the student’s expense, 10 euros / test.
Unvaccinated academics, people working in tourism, catering, television, film, theater, music and dance will be required to submit two negative Rapid tests a week. The cost is at their own expense.
Those traveling by any transport means to destinations on the mainland or the islands must present a negative rapid test that has been done at least 48 hours before their departure, while they will not be able to go to public facilities to perform a free coronavirus test before traveling. More details on KTG separate post here.
Vaccinated or Covid-recovered citizens
Vaccinated or people recovered from Covid-19 have access to all closed spaces incl restaurants, entertainment etc. However, they will have to have a vaccination or recovery certificate that will be checked at the entrance of the facilities.
- Access with vaccination certificate: 14 days after full vaccination
- Access with illness certificate: up to 6 months form the diagnosis
Note: Only vaccinated and recovered from Covid-19 will reportedly have access to the closed and open spaces of sports stadiums, that is also to football stadiums.
In closed areas of theaters, cinemas, museums and archeological sites, gyms entry will be allowed to vaccinated and recovered citizens, and to unvaccinated who have performed a Rapid rapid antigen test up to 48 hours before.
What if ….
The key question remains: What will happen if these measures do not work and Greeks do not rush to vaccination centers now they will be deprived of some activities or will face increase expenses due to the required tests.
With 55% only fully vaccinated and some 400,000 only partially there is a very high rate of the population that does not want to get the jab against the pandemic.
Big vaccination centers across the Greece already shut down due to absence of demand.
Already football fans organized protest in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, that the Prime Minister is currently visiting.
Restaurant and other catering facilities are in outrage and complain that they can not afford to turn down customers, after the long winter lockdown that brought many of them on the verge of economic collapse. Some businesses did not open again when the lockdown was lifted in late spring.
In any case, the upcoming winter seems extremely difficult as the Delta variant is sweeping Greece and school classes will shut down only if 50%+1 pupils or students are infected with the coronavirus. Scientists and teachers expect the classrooms to turn into hotspots of the coronavirus.
PS Despite all these restrictions vaccinated and unvaccinated citizens continue using city buses, metro and tram, pray together in churches and share the Holy Communion with one single spoon.