ATHENS – After essentially ending most COVID-19 health restrictions to bring in tourists for an economic boost – which is working – Greece will require only mild measures for students coming back to class in September.
Education Minister Niki Kerameus said while the government’s advisory panel of doctors, scientists and epidemiological experts will make the critical recommendations that the waning pandemic means there will be few measures.
“The tendency is to adopt the mildest measures possible. The mildest framework of measures because we have returned to normalcy,” said Kerameus on TV, adding that, “You can see we are at a time of co-existence with the pandemic.
She added that, “We have broken free of the mindset of regular testing because it does not work anymore,” said Kerameus on whether students and teachers will be required to provide regular Covid-19 tests, stating that “we are looking to have as normal a year as possible.”
Earlier reports indicated that the students will likely have to wear masks only indoors after spending the summer without them in congregating with friends at coffee shops and vacations and as many as 20 million tourists pouring in.
Kerameus also stated that there are no special requirements currently in place for those who test positive on top of those already being set out by the National Organization for Public Health.