After heavy snowfall brought Greece to a standstill on Monday, the Greek authorities declared Tuesday, January 25, a “public holiday” for the public and private sector.
Greek Minister of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Christos Stylianides said the emergency measure covers the Attica Region, Evia, Viotia, Crete and the island groups of the Sporades, Cyclades and Dodecanese.
“A state of special mobilization of civil protection is declared for tomorrow due to a warning for increased risk of natural disasters and the taking of relevant measures,” Stylianides said.
According to the minister, all public services are suspended except municipal and regional governments, armed and security forces and public health services. Public transport will operate where possible and schools will stay closed.
The minister said the operation of businesses of the private sector is also suspended, except for food stores, pharmacies and other health facilities, gas stations and other businesses that usually operate during the holidays as well as businesses whose operation helps to deal with the consequences of bad weather.
Dubbed “Elpida”, the snow storm in Greece on Monday disrupted normal life, making it difficult for movement especially on the Attiki Odos motorway as dozens of drivers were trapped in the snow.
Also, Greek airline company AEGEAN announced flight cancellations. The Greek carrier on Monday cancelled all but five flights and is expected to announce a new modified schedule for Tuesday should weather conditions allow. Further cancellations and reschedules could also be announced for Wednesday depending on weather conditions, AEGEAN said.
The Greek authorities expect the snowfall to continue on Tuesday.