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Greece Announces Additional COVID-19 Measures; Restaurants, Bars to Close at Midnight in Athens

ATHENS — Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias announced on Friday additional protection measures against the spread of the coronavirus.

The new measures are:

-All restaurants, bars and catering businesses will close from 00:00 until 07:00 in the region of Attica, the islands of the Saronic Gulf and the island of Kythira until August 24.

-50 person-limit in all public and social events except those in which special protection measures are applied as restaurants, theatres, cinemas, until August 24 at the epidemiologically burdened areas.

-The whole package of measures applied on Poros is extended to the island of Paros and Antiparos until August 24. These measures ban any congregation over 9 persons for any reason in public and private areas and four-person limit per table except for families and mandatory use of face masks throughout the island in both outdoor and indoor areas.

-The measures on Poros island are extended to August 24

-Mandatory use of face masks in military camps, migrants and refugees hosting facilities and solidarity structures

-Civil servants and private sector employees belonging to vulnerable groups will work from home or back office until August 31.

Additionally, Hardalias urged for the use of face masks to people returning home from holidays in highly burdened areas and recommended the use of face mask at all indoors facilities. when the necessary distance is not possible to be kept.

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