As Greece is preparing to lift some restrictions currently in force with the aim to contain the spread of the coronavirus ahead of the Greek orthodox Easter and the opening of the tourism season.
The government and health experts has decided to work in this direction, even though the harsh measures will be in force until probably the end of February.
The epidemiological burden may still be high with “the whole country in deep red,” as admitted by professor of Pediatrics – Infectious Diseases, a member of the committee of experts Vana Papaevangelou, but the country is being led to liberation from the measures.
After all, the government, like other European countries, seeks to return to normalcy so that the hit economy can fully function again.
However some measures and especially for the unvaccinated citizens will continue to exist until Easter -on April 24 in 2022 – and possibly also after that. Depending on whether new treatments or new vaccines are found or whether the pandemic is completely eradicated, medical issues website healthreport noted..
After all, the government believes that we have now entered another stage of the pandemic and everyone should protect themselves from the virus. Something that was clearly stated by Papaevangelou at the weekly briefing on Thursday.
As she characteristically said: “We have pointed out many times that the virus will find the unvaccinated and will infect them. But as we move forward, we are moderately optimistic based on the assessment of hard indicators and we hope that the gradual lifting of restrictions is possible. It is obvious, of course, that we are going through a phase where we have to learn to coexist with the virus circulating among us and that each of us has to make his own decisions about how much he accepts his exposure to it “.
The measures that will remain in force
Some restrictions are not expected to be lifted before Easter and will probably remain after that by decision of the government and experts, if it is deemed appropriate or a new Covid-19 mutation appears.
In particular, until Easter the measures expected to remain in force are:
-Use of masks indoors.
Regarding the use of masks in all outdoor areas that is in force today, according to information obtained by healthreport.gr, scientists will immediately suggest that they be abolished since the measure has been weakened and is not observed to a large extent.
-Controls of the vaccination or disease certificates at the entrances of the shopping centers will also remain. After all, no distinction can be made between citizens who have been vaccinated and those who have not.
-The measure of restriction for unvaccinated citizens in the indoor areas of restaurants etc is still expected to remain in force. However, the measure may not make sense around Easter due to the good weather.
-Finally one of the measures that is expected to remain but to a limited extent is teleworking.
Although according to sources of healthreport.gr, the experts are soon expected to suggest the reduction of the obligatory percentage of teleworking, however, the specific restriction is not expected to be lifted completely.