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New Covid-19 Measures Announced for All Areas in Greece

Aiming to curb the rising spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in Greece, the country’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Saturday announced new month-long measures for the whole country.

Addressing the Greek public in national broadcast, PM Mitsotakis said that as of 6 am Tuesday, November 3, Greece will be divided into two risk zones (from the four at the moment) and that the following measures will be in force for one month:

A. Monitoring zone – Color: YELLOW (previous green and yellow areas on the risk-assessment map)

Measures

– Mandatory use of masks in all public spaces (indoors and outdoors).
– Late night curfew from 12 midnight to 5 am.
– Mandatory teleworking for the 50 percent of employees in the private and public sector
– University lessons will take place only via tele-education.
– All public gatherings are banned.

It is noted that clarifications on the measures will be released.

B. High-risk zone – Color: RED (previous orange and red areas on the risk-assessment map)

Measures

– Suspension of the operation of restaurants (excluding delivery and take away services).
– Suspension of the operation of cafes, bars, cinemas, museums and theaters.
– Suspension of the operation of indoor gyms.

It is noted that clarifications on the measures will be released.

Previously announced measures for orange and red areas remain in force (mask wearing and late night curfew).

The Greek PM underlined that traveling is allowed from one region to another.

It should be mentioned that retail shops, hotels, outdoor archaeological sites and hairdressers will remain open.

Attica and Thessaloniki are among the regional units in the ‘red’ high-risk zone (according to the previous alert system, Attica was ‘orange’ status and Thessaloniki had recently moved to ‘red’ risk level).

Covid-19 aid package

Following the Greek PM’s announcement, the country’s finance minister, Christos Staikouras, announced a package of relief measures for businesses and citizens that will be affected by the month-long measures.

According to Staikouras, affected businesses will be allowed to temporary suspend the contracts of employees (who in turn will receive special compensation – 534 euros – from the state).

The package of measures also includes suspensions of:

– VAT payments of November.
– payments of regulated tax and insurance debts due in November.
– bank loan installments until the end of 200.

Also, rents will be reduced by 40 percent for affected employees and business owners.

The Greek finance minister said that the additional cost of the new measures for the state will amount to 1.5 billion euros for November and 2.3 billion euros by the end of the year.

For further information on the new relief measures (in Greek), press here.

The National Public Health Organization (EODY) on Saturday reported 2,056 new Covid-19 cases, raising the total number to 39,251 in Greece. The death toll is at 626.

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  1. Anita shaw Reply

    Thankyou for the update,, much appreciated

  2. Berend Reply

    Coming back with a flight at 23:00 in Heraklion. Can i still drive at night back home towards Chania?

  3. Julia Hazellief Reply

    Thanks for the information. Your information is much appreciated.

  4. Friedhelm Schmitten Reply

    If my flight- deparure is at 7 o‘clock a.m. and I need 2 hours to the airport, is it allowed to leave my hotel by car for example at 3 o‘clock a.m.?

  5. Adam Reply

    Helpful and clear. Will hotels be operating as normal in the red zone regions?

    • GTP editing team Reply

      Yes. Hotels in all areas will be operating normally as before, following the health protocols.

  6. Hans De Leeuw Reply

    This is the first site that is completely clear and with a supporting geographical map. Thank you!

  7. Louise Loggy Reply

    Thanks for keeping us well informed!

  8. Deniz Reply

    Why is there no explanation or clarification about the workforce? Why is the most simple and obvious measure of people that can work from home have to work from home in place?

  9. Hana lavi Reply

    Thanks for the information

  10. Chaim matsas Reply

    Thanks for the informations

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