Greece restricts access to unvaccinated citizens in a series of activities including non-essential shopping and work if they cannot prove with a negative RAPID or PCR test that they are not infected with the coronavirus. A negative test will not be necessary to access churches, supermarkets and pharmacies.
The measures will go into force on Saturday, November 6, 2021, across the whole of Greece and not just in “very high risk” regions.
On the day coronavirus infections hit a new record with 6,700 cases confirmed in past 24 hours, Health Minister Thanos Plevris announced that unvaccinated citizens across the country will need to show a negative RAPID or PRC test to enter:
- public services
- retail shops
- restaurants and entertainment facilities
In addition, unvaccinated workers in private and public sector incl those working in worship places will have to undergo a RAPID test twice per week at their own expenses. Until now it was once per week.
He also announced that fines for breaking the rules will be increased, warning that there will be “zero tolerance for those who admit unvaccinated people” without tests into spaces covered by the rules.
First reactions to the new measures is “stunning” with business-owners like hairdressers telling media that it is not easy for them to make such controls, including the checking of fake test results and fake vaccination certificates.
The Health Ministry has still to elaborate on the Test-requirements, like a period of time a test is valid and if it extends also to other services like nailsaloons etc.
PS Is the RAPID Test the panacea to stop the dramatic increase of the coronavirus in the country or is it just another punitive measure that will cost the unvaccinated at least 100 euro per month?
One need only to take into consideration the exception in churches, the fact that young children are not vaccinated, have RAPID test twice a week and that a class shuts down only if 50%+1 pupil are infected with Covid-19, the absence of mandatory vaccination to police and armed forces and the clergy.
Do the maths….
It was also the health Minister who said earlier today: “In churches covid-transmission is not easy, but in restaurants it is.”
Unfortunately, it is the votes that dictate the health measures the conservative government takes and not the science. It is apparently the faith that does not transmit the virus during the Holy Communion where dozens share a common spoon.
On second thought, the Greek government has made it official habit to announce every June that it has won the pandemic and every November a new plan to deal with the new wave of coronavirus.