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Greece Covid-measures: Masks in- and outdoors, festive events canceled, tests for travelers

The Greek government adopted the recommendations of the Epidemiologists Committee and announced on Thursday morning a series of additional protective measures against the pandemic. The measures valid across Greece include the mandatory use of mask in- and outdoors, double or KN95 masks in supermarkets and public transport and additional Covid-test for travelers in the country.

The measures go into effect at 6:00 a.m. Friday, 24. December 2020 and are valid until 6:00 a.m. Monday, 3. January 2022.

The measures are:

  • Mandatory use of mask indoor and outdoors
  • Mandatory use mask of increased protection of type KN-95 in supermarkets and public transport
  • Cancellation of all mass festive events in open spaces (festivals, events by municipalities etc)
  • Travelers arriving in Greece should undergo mandatory PCR or Rapid test on the 2nd and 4th day of their arrival in the country.

There is a strong recommendation for Covid-test before any social gathering.

The Epidemiologists’ Committee will meet again on December 27 and a second package of additional measures will be announced in effect from January 3.

The additional measures from January will mostly refer to remote work, entertainment and activities that are not necessary, Health Minister Thanos Plevris who announced the measures on Thursday clarified.

He reiterated that there will be no general lockdown and leave home with SMS because the aim of the government is to have the economy open.

He added that schools are scheduled to open again after the holidays on January 10, however, there are thoughts to change the health protocols. Note that currently a class is suspended if 50%+1 students are sick with Covid-19.

Note that there is a 300-euro fine for violating the mandatory use of mask in- and outdoors.

Minister Plevris said that people should wear the mask also inside gyms and restaurants, while they go to their tables.

He stressed that there is an increase of Covid-19 infections and that health authorities try to detect whether it has to do with the crowding due to Christmas shopping and social gatherings or due to the Omicron variant.

Officially there are 27 cases infected with Omicron, another 10 suspected samples are under investigation.

Note that there is an increase of Covid-infections in Attica in recent days.

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13 comments

  1. garnier jean-pierre

    Bonjour, si les obligations de tests complémentaires existent après le 3 janvier, j’annulerai ma visite de fin janvier

  2. Let me guess – the specific mask is the most expensive, will quadruple in price tomorrow anyway,, and imported by some minister’s close relation. Will be out-of-stock soon so the police can pass GO and collect their 300!

    • They are €0.20 each. About the cheapest actually.

    • The thicker masks may be more to buy but they last three times longer than regular disposable masks. You can wear two regular disposable masks instead if you don’t have one (as reported elsewhere).

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    How do you know a politician is lying? By seeing his lips moving.

  4. And what is meant by double mask?

  5. I dont know which i have but haven’t heard any comment about it in the supermarket. I have the generic white blue ones.

  6. They need to send out text alerts for any changes to restrictions/covid measures. Even if it just told you to check the news. I was in town today and it’s obvious that very few knew of the new restrictions.

    • same here. or they knew & just don’t care.

      • Aren’t we just fed up with it, I can’t stand it anymore.
        Just let me die when i catch it, i wont be bother the (horrible) hospitals, i rather die than live like this.

        • It is getting annoying. Like they think this double mask is going to help? And these are the “Top” minions.

  7. Well it looks like the Greek government is up to it’s tricks yet again !
    The mask KN95 which is now required if you go to the supermarket is a mask made in China. I ask myself how many of these masks are still sitting in Government storage since the beginning of the pandemic ? They cannot sell them as 1) They are expensive 1.5 – 5.00 Euro a piece (bought at approximately 15cents) 2) If they are not sold soon the use by date will run out. There are other masks available on the market just as good and better than the KN95. The N95 from 3M is one of them.
    If you are checked by the police coming out of the supermarket with the wrong type of mask it will cost you 300Euros. The Government wins …………. Every time !! Bloody Frauds