Which Retail Stores Remain Open in Greece After Coronavirus Restrictions



The government announced that retail shops will shut down as of Wednesday, with the exception of their e-services and related at-home delivery divisions, as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Greece following a global pandemic.

Civil Protection Deputy Minister for Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias said that almost retail stores that involve in-store transactions would generally shut down, with the exception of supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations, among some others.

The list of stores that will remain open after Wednesday include the following:

– supermarkets, neighborhood food stores, butcher stores, fish stores, bakeries, pastry shops, groceries and wine sellers
– pharmacies and stores selling devices for mobility impaired people, and medical and industrial supplies and machines
– opticians and stores selling hearing devices (by appointment only, after calling)
– delivery services, room service, takeaway food (delivery and takeout stores are not allowed to have sit-down customers)
– covered open markets (with restrictions as to the number of customers at a time)
– gas stations
– car and motorcycle repair shops, bicycle sale and repair stores
– kiosks, mini-markets and small neighborhood (‘psilika’) stores
– dry cleaners
– courier companies
– pet food stores, or stores selling animal feed or veterinary medicine
– telecoms stores (with restrictions)
– electricity and natural gas provider stores
– plant fertilizers and agricultural material
– funeral parlors
– retail stores at airports and ports of Greece (with restrictions)

Retail stores which also serve customers through e-orders may keep that particular division open, according to the decree.