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More Areas in Greece Rise to ‘Red’ Covid-19 Risk Level

Three more Greek areas are transitioning to “red” Covid-19 status due to a surge of infections, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection said on Sunday.

According to an announcement, the Greek regional units of Halkidiki, Lasithi and Zakynthos will move up a risk level on the coronavirus risk-assessment map to Level B-red (high-risk areas/strict measures) from Level A-yellow (monitoring) as of 6am on Monday, February 1.

To curb the spread of the coronavirus in “red” areas, stricter measures are imposed. These include:

– Strict curfew: movement is banned from 6pm to 5am.

– High schools remain closed and lessons take place via tele-education.

– Places of Worship: Only 9 people are allowed to attends services.

– Shopping: Retail stores are allowed to serve the public only via the methods of “click-away” (online/phone orders) and “click in shop” (shopping in person by appointment only at stores selling clothes, shoes and books). Hairdressers, barbershops and beauty salons can only service customers by prearranged appointments.

– All stores are closed on Sundays.

It is reminded that citizens in “red” areas must also follow the basic Covid-19 lockdown and health rules, which include mask wearing in all public places, requesting permission for outside movement (during the hours beyond the curfew) for specific reasons by sending an SMS to the five-digit mobile phone service 13033 and not being allowed to travel between prefectures (inter-regional travel).

Other Level B (red) areas in Greece are: all of Attica (except islands of the region), Municipalities of Thiva and Tanagra (Viotia), Halkida and Roma settlement in the Distion municipal area of the Municipality of Kymi-Aliveri (Evia), Municipality of Thira (Santorini), Eordaia Municipality (Kozani), Municipality of Sparti (Lakonia), Lesvos, Mykonos and Piraeus.

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