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Greece extends “obligatory holiday due to snow” in 6 regions UPDATE

Greece’s Civil Protection extended the obligatory holiday to Wednesday, January 26, 2022 due to the weather conditions. Minister Christos Stylianides announced Tuesday noon that the ‘holiday” will be extended to the regions of Attica, Crete, the islands groups of Cyclades and Dodecanese.

Obligatory holiday shuts down public and private sectors including banks, retail stores and other business activities with few exceptions like food stores and pharmacies. Schools are closed and no distance learning takes place. More Details here on KTG.

  • Supermarkets operation times are reportedly: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

UPDATE: A couple of hours later, the Civil Protection added also Evia and Viotia to the regions with obligatory holiday on Wednesday as well.

Initially authorities declared Tuesday, Jan 24, as obligatory holiday in 6 regions following severe problems caused by the snow weather front ELPIS.

The failure of the state mechanism to cope with the snowfall although they are warned by meteorologists in advanced left thousands stranded on Athens highway, created traffic chaos in the Greek capital, public transport collapsed and workers struggled to return home.

Power outages are being recorded since Monday evening in several suburbs in Athens as over 300 substations are being damaged and restore teams do not have access to them to fix the problem due to snowed-in roads. The Energy Minister said power is expected to be restored by Tuesday night.

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