The mandatory self-testing of employees is part of Greece’s Covid-19 self-testing strategy which aims to detect asymptomatic cases.
The Greek government on Saturday published a joint ministerial decision which includes instructions on which employees of the private sector must have a negative self-test result – once a week – before arriving to their workplace.
Self-testing will be mandatory once a week for employees in the Greek transport sector including those who work in:
– long-distance passenger rail transport
– rail cargo transport
– urban and suburban land passenger transport
– road cargo transport
– maritime and coastal passenger transport
– maritime and coastal cargo transport
– air passenger transport
– air cargo transport
– any other activities related to land, sea and air transport.
Also obliged to undergo self-testing are taxi drivers, workers of moving services and couriers.
Once a week self-testing will be mandatory for employees in the food and beverage F&B sector, which includes those who work in stores/establishments that offer food services, catering services and beverage services.
Other private sector employees that must have a negative self-test result – once a week – before arriving to their workplace are those employed in retail, supermarkets, cleaning services, barbershops, hairdressing and beauty salons and betting agencies (OPAP).
Private sector employees will receive their self-test kits from local pharmacies once a week. All self-test kits will be free of charge.
Once a week, before going to work they must take their self-test at home and then register the result on the Ergani (national employment monitoring system) online platform that can be accessed through the self-testing.gov.gr website by using their AMKA (social security) number.
If an employee has a negative result, they can go to work as usual after registering it on the platform.
However, if someone tests positive they must undergo a second test at a testing facility (free of charge if it is a state health facility) and then self isolate until the result comes out. If the result is positive again the employee will be excused from work to complete a mandatory quarantine.
Employers will have the right not to accept the services of an employee (and suspend his or her salary) that has not undergone a self-test or has not registered the result on the Ergani platform.
Moreover, employers that do not comply and ascertain that their workers are self-tested every week will be fined 300 euros. Employers will be fined 500 euros for each employee who is discovered at work without having registered his or her self-test result.
In addition, if an employee is found working while having tested positive for Covid-19, the employer will be fined 1,500 euros.
The government has also announced that certain public sector employees will be required to self-test once a week: those working in KEP offices (Citizens’ Service Centers), municipalities and court employees. People employed in local sanitation services and in “Help at Home” program must also self-test for Covid-19.