ATHENS — The Kozani region, northwestern Greece, is going under tighter lockdown restrictions at 06:00 on Saturday and for the next seven days, Deputy Minister for Civil Protection & Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias announced at Friday's live briefing on the pandemic.
The set of extra measures at Kozani – after high coronavirus infection rates in the area – are the same that Hardalias announced for three municipalities in west Attica which went into effect there on Friday, with some minor differences.
Thus, the curfew at Kozani region will begin at 18:00 (3 hours earlier than usual in other Greek regions) and run to 05:00 the following morning. Employees who need to go to work will need special permits issued by their employers.
The entire retail sector will be shut down, including open-air markets (laikes). Bookshops, hairdressers and barbers, nail and beauty salons, which are open with restrictions everywhere else, will also be closed. In addition, customers will not be allowed to pick up online orders (click-away method) over the next week.
Churches and all worship places will be shut and all services banned except for funerals, which will be limited to 10 attendees.
Citizens in these municipalities will be rapid-tested en masse by the National Public Health Organization's (EODY) medical staff, while local workers, especially at the region's industrial zones, will be tested over 10 days (on the 1st, 5th and 10th days), said the minister.
Workers at local nursing homes will be rapid-tested every 5 days.
Finally, face masks wil be distributed to everyone at Kozani region, free of charge.
Medical teams from the National Public Health Organization (EODY), together with Civil Protection staff and health experts, are heading to Kozani to help contain the situation, Hardalias noted.