ATHENS — "Tens of thousands of shopkeepers and restaurant workers are in despair, faced not only with the risk of permanent closure and dismissals but now with an inability to survive," main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance said in a statement on Monday.
The main opposition criticised the failure of Development and Investment Minister Adonis Georgiadis to speak about the need for non repayable advances or a haircut of private debt during the pandemic and for failing to substantially support workers instead of subsidising work furloughs, while responding to their protests with sarcasm.
Earlier today, Georgiadis said in an interview with Skai TV that, "We are taking precautionary measures, in an effort to prevent a total lockdown, but if we do not succeed we will not hesitate to do so."
"We have to get used to the fact that we will open and close according to the epidemiological data," Georgiadis clarified, adding that shops are open to customers in 70 pct of Greece's territory, while in the 'red zone' areas shops are trading via the click-away process but remain open.
He noted that the market dropped to 50-60 pct of the previous Saturday's turnover, but without overcrowding.