Measures in Greek Supermarkets to Avoid Spread of Coronavirus, Extended Opening Hours Announced

March 17, 2020

ATHENS – Supermarkets across Greece will restrict the number of customers inside a store at any given time as part of a series of measures to prevent the spreading of coronavirus.

Specifically, one person per 10 square meters will be allowed in a supermarket according to a legislative act implemented as of Monday, Deputy Development and Investment Minister Nikos Papathanassis told OPEN TV.

Supermarkets will also be allowed to make deliveries on Sundays, he added.

Supermarkets to extend opening hours

Supermarkets must extend their opening hours from 7:00 in the morning until 22:00 at night, according to a legislative act to be issued later on Monday.

In the meantime, the Greek Confederation of Trade and Entrepreneurship has demanded a compulsory and universal suspension of the operation of all retail outlets (barring essential goods, such as food and pharmacies) in a letter to the ministers of development, finance, labour and health.


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