Greece’s epidemiologists have outlined a road map for the lifting of protection measures against the coronavirus and these include the abolishing of the Covid-Pass as well as the mandatory use of mask in closed spaces, media report on Sunday. However, the lifting of measures will much depend on the course of the pandemic and the pressure on the national health care system.
According to an exclusive report by Skai TV, epidemiologists consider to abolish the Covid-Pass as of Monday, May 2, 2022. However if the pandemic data improve, the abolishing could take place even two weeks earlier, at the beginning of the Good Week, on April 18.
Abolishing the Covid-Pass, that is the Vaccination & Covid-Recovery Certificate, will allow unvaccinated citizens to enter stores and enjoy a meal, a coffee or a drink in the outdoor spaces of restaurants and other venues without a Rapid-Test.
Lifting of mandatory use of masks in closed spaces is also under consideration, however, only for customers and not personnel. According to some media, masks will be abolished also in supermarkets and hair salons.
The mask is expected to be mandatory inside facilities like hospitals and structures for vulnerable citizens and public transport means, state broadcaster ERT reported.
Lifting of these two measures will have a horizon until August 31, provided that there is no new pandemic outbreak and no new covid-19 mutation appears.
Covid-Test for personnel and workers is to be reduced to one per week, from two currently.
The road map was reportedly outlined at the meeting of the epidemiologists’ committee last Wednesday and is scheduled to be discussed again at the meeting in upcoming week. It is reportedly not ruled out that the health experts may also agree on lifting of the measures on upcoming Wednesday, even though some of them are reportedly skeptical on early abolition.
It is recalled that the Health Ministry has announced to scrap the fine of 100 euros for unvaccinated citizens over 60 years old as of April 15, and decrease the number of Covid-19 self-tests for students and teachers as of April 1.
Daily infections significantly dropped in the last 2-3 days, however, this has most probably to do also with the much fewer tests carried out due to the long weekend and the National Holiday on March 25.
March 24: daily infections 22,107, deaths 42, intubated 344
March 25: daily infections 16,234, deaths 35, intubated 343
March 26: daily infections 16,558, deaths 56, intubated 341