The use of mask indoors will remain mandatory for at least the whole month of May and the epidemiological situation in Greece will decide whether the measure will be lifted afterwards, Health Minister Thanos Plevris said on Thursday morning.
“We do not know (when the mask will be removed). The mask may not be removed indoors, because the mask is a gentle measure,” Plevris told Skai TV.
“What we are saying is that at least for the month of May there will be a mask and from there and beyond, based on the health image of the country, it will be decided what will happen from June”, he stressed.
Plevris in SKAI: With a mask and in May indoors – The measure may not be lifted
He added that the governmental plan to relax the Covid-protection measures from May 1st to August 31st will be determined by specific protocols following the recommendation of the Epidemiologists’ Committee that is holding a meeting today.
The Greek government is keen to have lifted all measures against Covid-19 for the tourism season, however, the epidemiological situation in the country has not stabilized in significant decrease of daily infections yet.
Health experts have stressed that the impact of the Easter holidays (April 22-25) is expected to be seen two weeks later, around mid-May.
So far, there seems to be no change in the plan to have the measure of Covid-Pass be lifted as of May 1. According to previous official announcements, citizens will not have to show vaccination or recovery certificate or negative Rapid Test to have access to indoor spaces like restaurants and entertainment venues and shops.
PS in real Greek life, many shops no longer ask for the certificates since the start of the Holy Week (April 18), but control checks are strict still for patients’ visitors in public hospitals, patients seeking private clinics, care homes and other facilities for vulnerable people.