Easter traffic: measures tightened on the critical days of the long Easter weekend.

From 9.00 pm on Saturday evening to midnight on EasterMonday/Tuesday 

This Easter will definitely be different, and crowding is not going to happen, government officials have repeatedly said, stressing the need for all citizens to stay at home.
Greece’s Civil Protection announced on Thursday, 16th April evening, tough measures to contain the spread of the corona virus over the Easter weekend.

From 9.00 pm on on Resurrection Saturday evening to midnight on Easter Monday/Tuesday the fine for motorists across the country will be 300 euros and temporary removal of car plates. The fine for the passenger will remain at 150 euros.
Those moving around and having ticked the  “B4” option on movement permits for “help to people in need” will be scrutinized with regards to “departure” and “destination.”
At the same time, traffic control measures will be intensified.
The measures are expanded throughout the country.

The only exception is for people assisting others, but limited to the driver and one passenger.

“We are going through the Holy Week, which is all but the ones we have experienced in the past. We thank those who will celebrate Easter in harmony with the laws,” the head of the Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias said.
“One in 10 indirectly states that they will not follow the instructions. They are few,  few but they risk ruining our efforts.
I repeat: movements are allowed for very specific reasons “, Mr. Hardalias,stressed, referring to the findings of a relevant poll.

He also reminded that churches and cemeteries are closed for the public on Good Friday.

Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said last Monday that “visits to relatives’ and friends’ houses to celebrate Easter are not permitted.”
After the Resurrection on midnight Saturday, Greeks traditionally celebrate with family members, relatives and friends with mageiritsa, a soup made of lamb intestines and dyed eggs. Easter Sunday is traditionally celebrated with lambs roasted on the spit and kokoretsi, family members, relatives and  friends gathering around the tables placed in the yards, gardens or balconies.

Source: and, 16th April


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