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New Year’s Eve without music as Greece’s new restrictions start on Dec 30

Greece ‘s Health Minister Thanos Plevris announced on Wednesday more restrictions in restaurants and entertainment venues and New Year’s Eve parties without music.

Furthermore, the Minister added that the measures against Covid-19 that were scheduled to be implemented from January 3 will go into force tomorrow, Thursday, December 30.

The Minister added that It is also forbidden to hold an event – party in a public or private place. Aim is to avoid the transfer of entertainment from the restaurant to other places.

Measures into force at 6:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec 30:
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars will close at midnight. Exception is on New Year’s Eve where they will close a 2 o’ clock in the morning yet without music.

  • Music is banned

  • Standing customers are not allowed

  • Maximum 6 persons at a table will be seated.

All the other restrictions and measures that go into effect earlier than Jan 3, that is on Dec 30, are:

Mandatory Masks: KN95 masks or double surgical or double fabric mask in supermarkets, public transport means; to be wore also by restaurants and catering facilities staff, and where there is crowding.

Teleworking by 50% in private and public sectors and rolling working hours.

Sports stadiums: spectators allowed at 10% of capacity and maximum 1,000 people

Visitors to nursery homes and hospitals: only with PCR test of 48 hours

No visits by pharma representatives to hospitals

The measures are in force until January 15, 2022, while their extension maybe considered depending on the epidemiological situation in Greece.

Minister Plevris said that based on recent infections data, the Omicron variant is prevailing and that there are serious hospitalizations also in the ICUs, however, he did not elaborate with data.

He called on citizens to get vaccinated and to do testing before and after the festive gatherings.

The Health Ministry has yet to clarify recommendations for home gatherings on New Year’s Eve.

The number of daily infections has been breaking one record after the other since Monday, with the peak of 21,657 cases in 24 hours on Tuesday. According to latest information early Wednesday afternoon infection cases could be around 30,000 today.


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