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Pierrakakis: Technology Is Our Ally, SMS to 13033 Returning

November 5, 2020

ATHENS — The public will once again be asked to send an SMS to the five-digit number 13033 using their mobile phones to provide a reason for their movements outside their homes, Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis said on Thursday, after the announcement of a new nationwide lockdown by the prime minister.

"From 06:00 on Saturday we move with safety, sending an SMS to 13033. Further details are available on forma.gr. Technology is our ally in this huge challenge we are facing," Pierrakakis posted on Twitter.

As of Saturday morning at 6:00, citizens are required to send an SMS to 13033 before leaving their house, citing the specific reason for going outside.

The sms should be as follows: X, name, surname and address, where X should be one of the digits 1-6 corresponding to the activities below.

1- Visit to a pharmacy or visit to a doctor if necessary

2 – Visit to a supermarket or stores for essential supplies

3 – Visit to a bank if e-banking transactions are not possible

4 – Visit to people needing assistance or escorting children to and from school

5 – Attending a funeral, as per the conditions provided by the law, or visiting children in case of divorced parents

6 – Physical exercise outdoors or up to two persons taking their pet for a walk while always observing a 1.5-metre distance.

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