Greece Ditches Masks Outdoors as Situation Improves

ATHENS — Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management, Nikos Hardalias, infectious diseases professor Vana Papaevangelou and assistant professor of Epidemiology and member of the Committee of Experts, Gikas Magiorkinis will make annoucements on Wednesday, at 18.00, regarding the use of mask outdoors.

A meeting of the the special Committee of Experts of the health ministry is underway.

Peloni: The committee of experts to decide on Wednesday on the use of masks outdoors

"The Committee of Experts will meet on Wednesday to discuss the issue of the masks. I hope we will have a decision within the day," government spokeswoman Aristotelia Peloni said on Wednesday in an interview with Skai TV.

Asked whether the overnight curfew will be lifted, she replied: "Everything in its time. Today the Committee will examine the issue of not wearing masks outdoors. However, in crowded places, the measures will have to be observed."

Regarding the possibility of a new wave of the virus in the fall, Peloni said that the more the vaccination procedure progresses, the better things will be and the possibility of a new wave will mainly affect the unvaccinated ones.


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