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Athens in Lockdown: All New Measures Explained

Athens in lockdown
Athens will be placed in strict lockdown until February 28. Credit: Wikipedia

Athens, along with the entire Attica region, will be placed in strict lockdown starting on Thursday at 6:00 and lasting until Sunday, February 28.

Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias announced on Wednesday the additional restrictive measures that will take effect.

The following measures concern the region of Attica, including the islands, and the region of Trizinia:

– The use of a mask is mandatory both indoors and outdoors.

– The traffic ban is still in force from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM on weekdays, while on weekends the ban will be in force from 6:00 PM until 5:00 AM.

During the remaining hours, leaving one’s home will continue to only be permissible for the six given reasons for movement and after sending an SMS and carrying the necessary documentation.

Individual exercise is still allowed inside the bounds of the city.

Restrictions on travel

Regarding travel into and out of the region of Attica, this is allowed only for the following reasons and with the presentation of the necessary supporting documents:

  • traveling to and from work
  • for serious health reasons
  • for the purpose of a one-time transfer to the place of permanent residence
    to attend a ceremony (e.g. a funeral) under the conditions provided by law or going to visit a divorced parent, in accordance with the provisions in force
  • for a one-time transfer of a student from the place of permanent residence to the regional unit where the university/school department is located
  • for the purpose of harvesting agricultural products and always with the appropriate supporting documents
  • primary and secondary education (kindergartens, primary, all-day schools, high schools and lyceums of general and vocational education) will be held via teleconference, as well as all other educational structures.
  • distance learning will be conducted in the morning hours for high schools and lyceums and in the afternoon for kindergartens and elementary schools, just as in the universal lockdown of November.
  • the operation of nurseries and kindergartens will also be suspended, while universities will continue to operate through distance learning.

Restrictions at hospitals

Regarding the operation of hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices and diagnostic centers, the following measures continue to apply:

  • There must be only one (1) attendant/visitor per patient
  • Observance of a minimum distance of one and a half (1.5) metres, except for medical procedures
  • Limitation of scheduled surgeries up to 80 percent – Oncological and emergency cases, as well as special hospitals are excluded from the restrictions.

The suspension of visits to care homes/retirement homes has also been extended.

Public transport and churches

Public transport vehicles will operate at 65 percent passenger capacity and ships at 50 percent passenger capacity (55 percent if they have cabins).

A driver and up to two passengers (excluding minors and people in need of assistance) are allowed in cars and taxis.

Regarding places of worship, only up to nine (9) people are allowed to attend ceremonies, such as weddings, baptisms, funerals, memorial services, etc.

With regard to sports activities, the existing measures are still in force as well as the measures that apply to archeological sites, film screenings, live performances and auditions and other performing arts, conferences and exhibitions, rehearsals and television and film shootings and recordings.

Source: AMNA

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