Greek super markets started implementing tighter safety precautions on Monday, limiting the number of customers on the premises at any given time in efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has so far infected at least 331 people.
The government is expected later today to announce the extension of shop opening hours from 7am to 10pm.
At the same time, the government has announced that all shops in Greece are to close from Wednesday. Details are to be announced later in the day. The measure follows a request made by the Athens Chamber of Commerce for the closure of all shops – in order to protect employees and the market – under the same terms that have been in effect since last Friday for large shopping centers.
Measures at Greek super markets
The new measures at super markets allow for one person per 10m2 and recommend the use of credit card only, and foresees that shops offer delivery services on Sundays also.
Shoppers are given a priority entrance card for access to supermarkets.
The Greek government is also considering the extension of opening hours for shops selling food products.
Other measures include access to antibacterial products at store entrances, employees should wear gloves and masks, customers are advised to keep a safe distance of at least 2 meters in lines.
With regard to open-air markets (laiki), customers must keep a distance of at least 2 meters from sellers and regular cleaning and disinfecting of the areas are required.
Greek health authorities are urging citizens to remain at home and avoid any unnecessary movement.
It should be noted that Development and Investments Minister Andonis Georgiadis also announced over the weekend that there would be a cap on the purchase of antibacterial products in order to ensure there is enough future stock. Each shopper will be allowed to purchase three such products.
Georgiadis said he expects a new supply of antibacterial products on Thursday.
Meanwhile, in addition to the request for the closure of all shops, the Athens Chamber of Commerce has also requested a series of support measures including suspension of payments and taxes; all payments in installments; wage subsidies via EU funding programs; and the suspension of rent payment during closure.with the exception of supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations