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Covid-19: Greece Decides Vaccinated-only and Mixed Spaces as of Mid-July

Greek Development & Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis, Greek State Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis and Greek Government Spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni.

Greek Development & Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis, Greek State Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis and Greek Government Spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni.

In its drive to extend vaccination reach, Greece announced on Tuesday that as of July 15, entertainment and F&B venues would be divided into Covid-19 vaccinated-only and mixed spaces.

The move comes a day after the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a travel gift card plus a free month of phone data worth 150 euros to be awarded to people aged 18-25 who get vaccinated.

Development & Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis and State Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis announced the new framework covering business and venue operation during a press conference on Tuesday.

The ministers said indoor cinemas and theaters would reopen on July 1 and indoor or outdoor sports venues on July 15 only for vaccinated spectators.

More specifically:

Indoor spaces such as restaurants, cafes, cinemas, theaters, clubs, bars and sports facilities will be divided into two groups:

  • Vaccinated-only for the fully vaccinated (after 14 days) and for those who have recovered in the last six months to operate at 75-80 percent capacity and with no mask requirement.
  • Mixed spaces will be accepting vaccinated customers, people providing negative PCR or rapid test results taken in the previous 48 hours, and those who have recovered in the last six months. These venues will operate at 25 to 75 percent capacity.
Greek Development & Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis.

Greek Development & Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis.

Georgiadis said vaccination or non-vaccination status would be indicated via ID card or social security (ΑΜΚΑ).

According to the ministers, it is up to each enterprise to decide on category: “mixed” or “full” and to then declare the information on the government’s central platform to open on July 15. The enterprises will be required to display a special label at the entrance. The government is also leaving it up to business owners to decide whether they will accept all of some of the three categories of customers: fully vaccinated, tested, or recovered.

Gerapetritis said regular inspections would be carried out by authorities and that establishments that fail to abide or are found in violation will be penalized.

“Vaccination is the only way to fully restore citizens’ freedom and is a fair reward for those who have volunteered to be vaccinated. Society, like the economy, cannot stand back [and wait] when vaccination is accessible to all,” he said, adding that a similar system has successfully been implemented in the US, Denmark and France.

The state minister underlined that the new measures “will be implemented with full respect to legislation concerning the protection of personal data and citizens’ rights”.

“It goes without saying that restrictions in place today should be removed, especially for citizens who have chosen to be vaccinated voluntarily,” he said.

Minister Georgiadis went on to add that businesses had received considerable support and that the government was not considering additional support measures. “We are looking to open the economy. We will see in the coming months where this will lead and we will take the necessary decisions then,” he said.

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Chicago-born and raised, Maria Paravantes has over two decades of journalistic experience covering tourism and travel, gastronomy, arts, music and culture, economy and finance, politics, health and social issues for international press and media. She has worked for Reuters, The Telegraph, Huffington Post, Billboard Magazine, Time Out Athens, the Athens News, Odyssey Magazine and SETimes.com, among others. She has also served as Special Advisor to Greece’s minister of Foreign Affairs, and to the mayor of Athens on international press and media issues. Maria is currently a reporter, content and features writer for GTP Headlines.
  1. Stephan Reply

    Hi. Have any of you worked in a hospital treating Covid? It’s wrong to assume that only the vulnerable are affected.

    We should appreciate that medical science has enabled us to have a hope of leaving this pandemic behind us.

    Unfortunately there are many people who are against the vaccines, who will end up contracting Covid, getting seriously ill, and passing it on to other less fortunate people who may not be able to pull through.

    It is the people who are not vaccinated that filling our hospitals and causing strain.

    Be responsible and get vaccinated.

  2. Daniela Reply

    So if you’re not not vaccinated you will have to do test every 2 days in order to eat in a restaurant? It sounds ridiculous. Are they trying to kill their tourism?

  3. Mrs S Gray Reply

    So we continue doing what we have been doing all the time this nonsense has been going on. Stay at home, not out of fear but because we are being forced to do something we do not believe in. Previous generations in Europe had to wear a yellow star, this regime wants to do something VERY similar

  4. DOBIGNY Reply

    i quote:

    “Vaccination is the only way to fully restore citizens’ freedom and is a fair reward for those who have volunteered to be vaccinated. Society, like the economy, cannot stand back [and wait] when vaccination is accessible to all,” he said, adding that a similar system has successfully been implemented in the US, Denmark and France.

    you mean every time will occurs new virus we should be vaccinated
    ? every week an ew virus occurs, so this is not vaccination this is acupuncture,
    i am living in France , we do not devide space in two , vaccinated and non vaccinated , we wear masks and remain far from each other

    when reading this idea of segregation between vacinated and non vaccintaed , why do not distinguish we a yellow star as the SS did during second world war , those vaccinations are just a question of money and fear and to destroy social behaviour
    everybody knows but fear the chemist laboratories

    • Ваня Иванова Reply

      What puzzled me most about this quote…”In order to “restore” people’s freedom, we will take from them the freedom to choose, want or not, be vaccinated.

  5. Jinty Carrino Reply

    Vaccination is NOT AVAILABLE TO ALL. People who have moved to Greece who are not retired or employed DO NOT HAVE AN AMKA.
    Me and hundreds of others have applied for a temporary AMKA have not been issued with one. NO AMKA NO JAB
    PLEASE HELP

    • Mary Sakellariou Reply

      This is not true! My husband and I got our first shot in Canada we applied for our temporary AMKA and received the AMKA number right away waited the mandatory 21 day waiting period and now we will be getting our 2nd shot this Monday.

      Where did you apply for your temporary AMKA?

  6. Rick Reply

    Wow, this is terrible. Where are they getting the data to back up these ridiculous rules? Coercion – practically forcing the population to submit to an experimental drug that is still in clinical trials. Where are the lawyers? Don’t they remember The Nuremberg Code?

  7. R Ferguson Reply

    18 to 25 year olds do not need vaccinated neigher does anyone under 65 who are fit. For Gods sake follow the science peoples immune system is enough, those that have had the virus not need it either its getting to be like the World is being run by Nazi’s.

  8. Storm Reply

    Medical segregation «apartheid style» in 2021…. It’s sad, and very provocative.

    And all due to a disease with a CFR of 0,26%… Why do people accept this?

  9. Mira Reply

    You simply keep going being ridiculous!

    • Vivi+Robinson Reply

      The only way forward

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