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Greece Opening More After Easter, End Some Travel Restrictions

ATHENS – Already essentially ending a lenient lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, Greece's New Democracy is set to lift inter-municipal travel bans on May 3, the day after Easter.

That will come as the government is allowing tourists from select countries who have been vaccinated or can show proof of a negative Coronavirus case and has allowed most stores to reopen, including malls.

Until then, people still aren't allowed to go outside their neighborhoods except to stores or hairdressers or exercise, and no indication violators are being penalized with heavy traffic on the roads.

Panagiotis Stamboulidis, General Secretary for Commerce, said the restrictions will be eliminated the week after Easter with Greece also opening to tourists generally on May 14 who are free of COVID-19.

A vaccination program is being accelerated to try to create herd immunity against the pandemic and is showing signs of working despite pockets where cases remain high.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been trying to balance saving lives against restoring an economy crippled by COVID-19 lockdowns and speed a recovery, people eager to travel again although it wasn't said if inter-regional travel will also be allowed.

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