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Covid-19: Greece Closes Restaurants, Bars, Cinemas, Museums in High-risk Areas

As a result of a spike in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in Greece, the country’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has announced new month-long measures, which include restrictions on nightlife in high-risk areas.

Greece’s Covid-19 risk-assessment map has changed and as of November 3 will be indicated by three color-coded risk levels (A. yellow, B. red and C. grey). Level A includes all of the green and yellow areas on the previous risk-assessment map and Level B includes the areas that are orange and red status. Areas in Level C have entered local lockdowns.

As of Tuesday the following establishments operating in the ‘red’ risk level areas, which include Athens (Attica), will close for one month:

  • Restaurants (only delivery and take away services will be in operation)
  • Cafes
  • Bars
  • Cinemas
  • Museums
  • Theaters
  • Gyms (indoor fitness centers)

Museum of Cyladic Art. Photo © Paris Tavitian

It is noted that retail shops, hairdressers and hotels will operate normally.

When announcing the new measures, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the new rules focus on leisure (dining out, nightlife) and mobility (movement that leads to crowding), which both have been found to contribute to the spread of the coronavirus in a number of regional units in Greece.

“We are maintaining the operation of industry, retail and schools throughout the country… Hotels and hairdressers will also remain open as the data shows that the problem is under control in these establishments,” he said.

Moreover, the PM informed that there is no restriction on domestic traveling (from one Greek region to another).

Among the new measures announced for all high-risk ‘red’ areas, citizens must not forget to:

– wear masks everywhere in public (indoors and outdoors),
– stay indoors between 12:30am and 5:00 am (late night curfew), and
– adhere to social distancing measures.

Measures were also announced for citizens in ‘yellow’ areas, which also include social distancing, the mandatory use of masks in all public spaces and the same late night curfew.

For areas in lockdown (grey), masks are mandatory everywhere, a different curfew is in force (movement is banned between 9pm and 5am) and the operation of many establishments are suspended.

A number of the measures that apply to the Covid-19 map’s risk areas can be found here (in English).

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