New Covid-19 measures during the Christmas season

Greece will start implementing new measures from Bildschirmfoto 2021-12-23 um 8.57.59 PMFriday, 24th December, as part of its efforts to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic following the emergence of the Omicron variant in the country.

Health Minister Thanos Plevris said that Greece would take additional measures based on the recommendations of the health experts committee.
The following new measures will be in force from 6am on Friday, 24thDecember, until January 2:

– all holiday events announced by municipal authorities in open spaces (such as festivals) will be cancelled

– mandatory wearing of masks both indoors and outdoors (the measure also concerns closed spaces such as restaurants and gyms)

– mandatory wearing of increased protection masks (KN95) or double masks in supermarkets and public transport

– all citizens should conduct a self test before attending social events or gatherings (government recommendation).

Mandatory testing for travellers before and after arrival in Greece:

Another measure announced is the mandatory testing (rapid or PCR) of travelers entering Greece on the second and fourth day after their arrival.

This is an addition to existing rules that require for all inbound travellers, regardless of vaccination status, to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result taken before entering the country.
PCR tests should be performed within 72 hours before travel and rapid antigen tests should be performed within 24 hours before travel.

New measures after 3rdJanuary

The Epidemiologists’ Committee will meet again on 27thDecember and a second package of additional measures will be announced in effect from 3rdJanuary.

These additional measures will mostly refer to remote work, entertainment and activities that are not necessary, Health Minister Thanos Plevris clarified.

He reiterated that there will be no general lockdown and leave home with SMS because the aim of the government is to have the economy open.

During the press conference, Health Minister Thanos Plevrisalso warned that the Omicron variant is highly transmissible with an increasing number of incidents recorded in Greece during the last two days.

He added that schools are scheduled to open again after the holidays on 10thJanuary, however, there are thoughts to change the health protocols. Note that currently a class is suspended if 50%+1 students are sick with Covid-19.

Note that there is a 300-euro fine for violating the mandatory use of mask in- and outdoors.

Thanos Plevris alsostressed that there is an increase of Covid-19 infections and that health authorities try to detect whether it has to do with the crowding due to Christmas shopping and social gatherings or due to the Omicron variant.

Officially there are 27 cases infected with Omicron, another 10 suspected samples are under investigation.

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