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Georgiadis: Greece Forced to Make Decision to Not Open Shops Over Christmas

December 11, 2020

ATHENS — Αfter thoroughly examining the epidemiological data and after a long discussion with the expert committee on infectious diseases, the government was forced to make a decision to not allow the opening of non-essential retail trade, even over the crucial Christmas period, Development and Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis said on Friday, during the announcement of the pandemic measures over the holidays.

"I want to make it clear to all companies and all employees: we are not pretending that this does not cause huge damage. We understand that this is a very difficult decision for everyone, but we must be disciplined and determined for the greater social good: the protection of public health and the protection of our friends, our relatives, our children," stressed Georgiadis.

He explained that, in the face of this great dilemma created by the pandemic, "the government will only allow the operation of click-away, ie retail sales through a process of pre-purchasing and picking up orders from outside the store." The sole exception to this rule for retail will be bookstores, which will be open to customers for symbolic reasons and to promote culture, he added.

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