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Greece’s experts examine lifting the mandatory use of masks outdoors

Greece’s epidemiologists’ committee is meeting on Wednesday to examine the possibility of further lifting of Covid-restrictions with the mandatory use of masks outdoors expected to be on the focus of the discussion.

The epidemiologists who advise the Health Ministry will reportedly consider whether to lift the mandatory use of masks outdoors.

According to media information, though, the use of masks also outdoors may still be valid outdoors where there is crowding.

Note that the president of EODY, Theoklis Zaoutis left opened on Tuesday the possibility of lifting the mask measure outdoors and Secretary General of Primary Health Care, Marios Themistokleous, said also yesterday that the use of a mask indoors will be one of the last measures to be lifted.

The epidemiologists’ committee is also expected to address tourism issues with one of them reportedly being the increase of occupancy rate in touristic buses. The relevant sector wants it to be raised to 100% as it is in force on airplanes.

Regarding flights, the government is thinking to lift the mandatory Passenger Location Form (PLF) which is in force since spring 2020. But this may come at a later point.

Health experts see a gradual de-escalation of the epidemiological crisis with an slight improvement of the numbers of deaths and intubations.

Speaking at a conference on Tuesday, the country’s top epidemiologist professor Sotiris Tsiodras said that the Omicron variant leads the pandemic to the end of this “emergency phase.”

He predicted that until the end of the year “we will stop counting infection cases and focus on hospitalizations, the intubations and the deaths.”

“We are a step closer to normalcy,” Tsiodras stressed.

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