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COVID-19 Lockdown Lift Means Indoor Dining in Greece Now

ATHENS – Further easing of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic lockdown means that Greek restaurants unable to operate because they had only indoor seating can now start taking customers.

With the New Democracy government wanting to get the economy going again while keeping people safe, hygiene protocols are in place although widely being ignored, especially requirements for tables and customers in outdoor seating to be far apart.

As of June 6, bars, cafes and restaurants in Greece could use their indoor spaces for customers although many places saw few taking the chance amid fears they could still get the virus.

There are still limitations on the number of customers: one per 2.2 square meters (23.7 square feet) of usable space is allowed, and, as before, no more than six customers seated at a table.

Also, customers may not stand by the bar and, if a buffet is served, serving must be done by restaurant personnel and customers must not enter into contact with the food on display there.

Restaurants in hotels also opened and foods and drinks can be provided in open-air events although concerts are still barred and on beaches, shops can sell food and drinks, including alcohol, and play music, but authorities recommend against the gathering of crowds around these spots with scenes people are crowding them now.

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