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Covid-19 Measures in Greece Now Adjusted to Level of Risk in Areas

UPDATE: Citizens in all areas that appear as high risk (orange and red) must:
– wear masks everywhere in public (indoors and outdoors)
– stay indoors between 12:30am and 5:00 am (late night curfew)

A number of measures previously announced in Greece to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) will have some changes as of October 12, following the launch of the country’s new risk-assessment map on Friday.

The new health safety map lists the safety restrictions in all 74 Greek regional units, depending on the degree of risk that is indicated by one of four levels (traffic light color-coded):

Level 1 – Green – Low risk
Level 2 – Yellow – Moderate risk
Level 3 – Orange – High risk
Level 4 – Red – Very high risk

The risk levels are based upon the number of new daily cases per 100,000 people.

At the time of presenting the map, 27 Greek regional units were at the green level, 25 at the yellow level and 22 at the orange level.

More specifically:

Level 1 (green): Andros, Arcadia, Arta, Drama, Evros, Evritania, Ilia, Thassos, Thesprotia, Ithaki, Ikaria, Kavala, Kalymnos, Karpathos-Kasos, Kefallonia, Lassithi, Lefkada, Lemnos, Messinia, Milos, Rethymno, Serres, Sporades, Syros, Tinos, Fokida, Chania.

Level 2 (yellow): Etoloakarnania, Argolida, Viotia, Grevena, Evia, Imathia, Thessaloniki, Corfu, Kilkis, Corinth, Kos, Laconia, Larissa, Magnesia, Naxos, Xanthi, Paros, Pieria, Preveza, Rodopi, Rhodes, Fthiotida, Florina, Chalkidiki, Chios.

Level 3 (orange): East Attica, Achaia, North Sector of Athens, West Attica, West Sector of Athens, Zakynthos, Heraklion, Thira (Santorini), Ioannina, Karditsa, Kastoria, Kea-Kythnos, Central Sector of Athens, Kozani, Lesvos, Mykonos, Islands of Attica, South Sector of Athens, Piraeus, Pella, Samos, Trikala.

No regional unit in Greece is at Level 4 / red (very high risk).

It is noted that mask wearing and social distancing measures are the same for all regional units regardless of color level. Masks are mandatory for all when in a working area of the public and private sector and in crowded outdoor spaces.

Measures

Following are some of the changes in measures that have been in force until now:

  • Commute/travel – Capacity restrictions for all means of public transport, ferries, taxis and private cars:

It is reminded that masks are mandatory on all means of public transport, on ferries and in taxis.

Level 1 (green)
Public transport: 65 percent capacity
Ferries: 80 percent capacity

Level 2 (yellow)
Public transport: 50 percent capacity (masks must also be worn at bus, train and stam stops)
Ferries: 65 percent capacity
Taxis: Only three passengers are allowed (driver not included)

Level 3 (orange)
Public transport: 50 percent capacity (masks must also be worn at bus, train and tram stops)
Ferries: 50 percent capacity
Taxis: Only two passengers are allowed (driver not included)
Private cars: Only 4 people are allowed per private car (driver included)

Level 4 (red)
Public transport: 50 percent capacity (masks must also be worn at bus, train and tram stops)
Ferries: No travel allowed out of the regional unit.
Taxis: Only one passenger is allowed
Private cars: Only 3 people are allowed per private car (driver included)

  • All restaurants, bars and cafes in Greece have a curfew and capacity/seating restrictions:

Antiparos beach house. Photo ©Maria Theofanopoulou

Level 1 (green)
Curfew: 1am
Capacity: 80 percent
Seating: 6 people are allowed at the same table

Level 2 (yellow)
Curfew: 12:30am
Capacity: 65 percent
Seating: 6 people are allowed at the same table

Level 3 (orange)
Curfew: 12 midnight
Capacity: 50 percent
Seating: 4 people are allowed at the same table

Level 4 (red)
Suspension of operations of all restaurants, bars and cafes.

  • A limit has been set to the number of people allowed at outdoor gatherings:

Level 1 (green) – 100 people
Level 2 (yellow) – 50 people
Level 3 (orange) – 9 people
Level 4 (reds) – Outdoor gatherings are banned.

  • A limit has been set to the number of people allowed at indoor conferences:

Level 1 (green) – 1 person per 5 sq.m., up to 200 seats are allowed to be filled
Level 2 (yellow) – 1 person per 10 sq.m. at least, up to 100 seats are allowed to be filled
Level 3 (orange) – 1 person per 15 sq.m. at least, up to 50 seats are allowed to be filled (exhibitions are suspended)
Level 4 (red) – All conferences are suspended.

  • Rules for archaeological sites and museums:

Level 1 (green)
Archaeological sites, open (open-air) museums:
– 1.5 meter distance must be kept between persons
– Masks must be worn by tourist guides and employees

Museums
– 2 meters distance must be kept between persons
– 1 person per 10 sq.m.
– Group tours are allowed with up to 20 people
– Everyone must wear a mask

Level 2 (yellow)
Archaeological sites, open (open-air) museums:
– 1.5 meter distance must be kept between persons
– Masks must be worn by tourist guides and employees

Museums:
– 2 meters distance must be kept between persons
– 1 person per 15 sq.m.
– Group tours are allowed with up to 10 people
– Everyone must wear a mask

Level 3 (orange)
Archaeological sites, open (open-air) museums:
– 1.5 meter distance must be kept between persons
– Everyone must wear a mask

Museums:
– 2 meters distance must be kept between persons
– 1 person per 20 sq.m.
– Group tours are not allowed to take place
– Everyone must wear a mask

Level 4 (red)

– All archaeological sites and museums will remain closed.

  • Theaters, cinemas and concerts are allowed to operate under the following capacity:

Level 1 (green) – 65 percent capacity
Level 2 (yellow) – 50 percent capacity
Level 3 (orange) – 30 percent capacity
Level 4 (red) – Only virtual performances will be allowed. All cinemas will remain closed.

Greece’s risk-assessment map, which includes a table that lists all the measures in force in each regional unit and in accordance to the color categories, can be accessed here.

The risk level of an area can be found on the map by selecting a regional unit from a list, by inserting a postal code, or by pressing directly on an area.

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