Coronavirus: Greece Closes Eight Schools in Athens, Bans All School Trips Abroad

The Greek Ministries of Health and Education announced on Friday that a total of eight schools will shut down in Attica as a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of the COVID19 Coronavirus.

The schools that will be forced to close are: The 4th General Lyceum and the 4th Gymnasium of Chaidari; the 1st Experimental Lyceum of Athens; the 1st Gymnasium and the 1st General Lyceum of Glyfada; and the 19th Kindergarten and the 5th Primary School of Peristeri.

Greek authorities are examining the possibility of school staff members having been in physical contact with individuals who had recorded cases of the Coronavirus in the country.

Additionally, three private schools in Athens will be shut down as well.

These include the Gymnasium and Lyceum of the Athens and Psychico Colleges, schools belonging to the Hellenic-American Educational Foundation, as well as the I. M. Karras Private Kindergarten.

Additionally, Sotiris Tsiodras, the chief of Greece’s of the Infectious Diseases Committee
announced that all Greek school trips abroad will now be banned, a measure which came as an expansion of the already-introduced ban on school excursions to Italy.

It is also noted that the Greek government banned all official Carnival and Clean Monday festivities across the country yesterday, threatening those regional governors and mayors who wish to disobey the decision with up to two years’ imprisonment.