With the Omicron variant prevailing in Greece skyrocketing the daily infection cases and slowly affecting the operation of hospitals and public services, epidemiologists in the country advising the government are reportedly considering a package of new restrictions in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The additional measures implemented since December 30 have apparently not managed to put a brake to infections and therefore the epidemiologists are discussing an additional restriction package with five measures, even though many scientists believe that the Omicron variant is milder and may not cause serious illness.
According to information obtained by health issues website healthreport.gr, the new restrictions under consideration are:
-To set a new limit on the number of people in theaters, cinemas and other enclosed spaces where only vaccinated people are allowed to enter and the occupancy is currently 100%.
-To ban the entrance to the outdoor dining areas for those who have not been vaccinated. That is, they will not be able to visit outdoors restaurants even with a negative Rapid test.
-To increase the number of mandatory Covid-tests for unvaccinated workers; currently 2 per week.
– Compulsory vaccination to be extended to those aged over 50, and even to those over 40 as this age group is intensively active in productivity and social life.
– Further restriction in the operation of restaurants and bars to 10 o’ clock at night from midnight currently. This should be decided if infections increase and the measures of Dec 30 proven as not effective enough
Epidemiologists are expected to take the relevant decision on new restrictions in the coming days, notes healthreport.
The Greek government has repeatedly ruled out a general lockdown even though daily infections broke one record after the other in the last 7 days.