Show Me Your Papers: Greek Workers Need New Lockdown Travel Form

ATHENS – Greek workers traveling to and from their jobs will now have to show a new circulation form to avoid being fined in keeping with toughened third lockdown COVID-19 health measures.

It was put on the Labor Ministry’s Ergani database on Feb. 15 and went into effect Feb. 17, giving just two days notice to be prepared or risk penalties up to 500 euros ($603.17) for being out of their homes without proper permission.

It’s another measure aimed at slowing the spread of the Coronavirus that surged during a lenient second lockdown that saw near normal traffic on roads, pedestrian walkways and allowed people to shop online and pick up outside stores.

The new circulation form is limited to employees who have been registered by their employer on the Ergani database as needed to go to a workplace instead of working remotely at home as some professions allow.

Under the new system, employees will not be able to rely on the previous circulation form, which did not make the distinction between those working from home and those going into the office, said Kathimerini in its report.


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