x

Society

Greece’s Food Stores Can Stay Open Longer Until June 21

June 12, 2021

ATHENS – As the COVID-19 pandemic is easing faster than expected, largely due to vaccinations, Greece's New Democracy has further relaxed what's left of a lenient lockdown to allow food stores to operate with longer hours.

The businesses, including supermarkets and bakeries, can open at 7 a.m. and not close until 10:30 p.m., some 90 minutes longer at night than usual for supermarkets who have experienced big sales during the 15-month health crisis.

The new timetable will apply until June 21, while the number of customers allowed inside remains unchanged in accordance with safe social distance requirements still in place, said Kathimerini.

The decision also will let self-testing kits be sold not just in pharmacies but even gas stations pet shops, laundries, and tobacco stores to speed distribution as more workers are being required to take them.

The Association of Greek Pharmacists (PFS) announced on June 8 that they would stop giving them out free of charge at the end of the month after the government said the supply points would be expanded.

Sources from the Development Ministry told Kathimerini that the decision doesn't not necessarily mean that tests will be sold in all these stores, but that the government is “keeping its options open” on the issue.

The self-testing program was launched on April 12 to help speed the reopening of an economy battered by COVID-19 lockdowns.

RELATED

ATHENS - A Mixed Jury Criminal Appeals Court on Friday handed down sentences of life and 15 years imprisonment on the two young men found guilty of the murder and gang rape of 21-year-old student Eleni Topaloudi, imposing the same sentence as that imposed by a lower court.

Top Stories

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

General News

PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.

Video

Mission…to Amyntaio, a TNH Documentary by Clelia Charissis

Dear readers, let me briefly introduce myself, while wishing you "a summer full of positive energy and good health.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.