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Hardalias Announces Lifting of Lockdowns in Ermionida, Villages in N. Greece

ATHENS – There are no movement restrictions for people aged 65 or over, after the end of lockdowns for Covid-19 prevention measures, nor is there any ban on movement between 00:00 and 06:00, Civil Protection Deputy Minister for Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias said on Monday.

Debunking what he called 'fake news', Hardalias said these were suggestions to the public, and did not incur penalties if not observed.

The minister mitigated the fears of municipalities and communities with a heavy infection load about public movement, saying "there is no reason to worry, as long as measures are being observed and local authorities supervise their observation."

He clarified that pools in apartment buildings were also included in the swimming pools ban, and announced the end of lockdown tonight for the city of Ermionida, in the Argolid, the villages of Zoubouli and Arnaouti in northern Greece, and the movement of people in the related Myki region. The lockdown in Kranidi, however, also in the Argolid, will be extended for preventative reasons for another seven days, he noted.

In addition, of the 36,230 individuals crossing borders into Greece during the six-week lockdown, all but 547 were asked to go on home quarantine for 14 days. People in this smaller group, testing positive to the virus, was asked to self-isolate. (Greece has conducted 80,951 tests overall as of Monday.)

"We are entering a new stage, we have taken the next step," Hardalias said, asking the public to keep observing the measures in public despite the lockdown fatigue.

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