Greece Announces Extra Measures to Curb Spread of Coronavirus


Deputy Civil Protection and Crises Management Minister Nikos Hardialias. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Vassilis Rebanis)

ATHENS -- The government on Friday announced additional restrictions to control the spread of Covid-19 in Attica and other regions where special restrictions apply, starting on Saturday.

Deputy Civil Protection and Crises Management Minister Nikos Hardialias said that, from September 26, all establishments that serve food and drinks will now be permitted to open from 5:00 in the morning instead of 7:00 in the morning, while no retail outlet will be permitted to operate between midnight and 5:00 in the morning, including kiosks, liquor stores and mini-markets. The sole exceptions will be pharmacies and fuel stations.

He also announced that the entire region of Trikala will be placed under a special restrictive regime starting at 5:00 on Saturday morning, with the wearing of masks made mandatory in all outdoor areas, while all previous restrictions will continue to apply.