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Greece Covid-19 Health Experts Say ‘No’ to Carnival Events

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Greek health experts ruled against carnival activities this week, citing the persistently high number of incidents and deaths from Covid-19.

The country’s Covid committee which convened on Wednesday recommended that restrictions at bars, cafes and restaurants remain in place, adding however that there would no longer be a cap on seated individuals at food and entertainment venues. Table distancing and hygiene measures however are still in effect, they said.

The government is expected to announce its decision with regard to carnival events in the coming days after assessing data and expert guidance. 

Speaking on SKAI radio on Thursday, epidemiologist Charalambos Gogos said the committee was hoping to lift most measures by Orthodox Easter, which is in April, as long as the pandemic figures drop. In this case, restriction-free admission to entertainment and food venues will apply only to the fully vaccinated. 

He stressed, however, that mask-wearing will continue to be mandatory until there is significant change in the epidemiological data.

Photo source: eea.gr

Photo source: eea.gr

Gogos confirmed that the committee will reconsider measures for Carnival season, adding that it may allow some “low-risk” cultural activities to take place where there will be limited crowding. Carnival parades and festivities, which are major tourist attractions in Greece, were canceled in 2020 and in 2021.

The committee will also re-examine changing or lifting restrictions for football stadiums and sports events.

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  1. Alasdair Gibson Reply

    So what manner of “expert” are you John?
    Health professionals do not run economies (which are mostly recovering where health protocols have been better observed than in Greece). Politicians run economies and only take advice, or not, from health professionals.
    I take it that next time you feel unwell, you will take advice from a taxi driver perhaps.

  2. John Zoumboulis Reply

    The so called health experts have destroyed economies worldwide and made everything worse all together.

  3. RJ Reply

    you are being played…all over the world we are gathering in our thousands with no ill effects. wake up Greece smell the hoax. take your lives back.

    • Alasdair Gibson Reply

      I’m guessing you have never witnessed friends or loved ones taken by Covid, watched their laboured last breath. I’m guessing too that you don’t believe in vaccination and you read a lot of unsourced online drivel.
      I have my “life back” thanks to the vaccine and health professionals.
      “No I’ll effects” Really?!

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