Greece Toughens Curfew Ahead of Easter; Police to be Deployed on Highways



Police will be stopping drivers in numerous parts of the country during the Easter holiday. Photo Credit: twitter.com/athens969_news

Greece’s Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Chardalias announced on Wednesday a series of new, even tougher curfew measures to prevent the spreading of the new coronavirus during the coming Easter holiday.

Chardalias announced that the Greek police will be deployed across the country and will conduct meticulous searches at all of the country’s toll booths, airports, and ports, as well as along national and provincial highways and roads.

The new measures were expected as Greek authorities fear the public’s reaction to the much-anticipated Easter holiday, Greece’s most important religious celebration, which is deeply rooted in the nation’s history.

Beginning on Wednesday at 6 o’clock in the afternoon local time, the fine for those found in another county other than the one of their permanent residency will double, to €300 from  the €150 that it was before.

This means that if a resident of Thessaloniki is stopped by police in Larissa, for example, he or she will have to pay €300 in fines. Additionally, the number plate of the vehicle will be seized by the state for sixty days and the individual(s) will be obliged to return to their place of origin.

Additionally, Chardalias said that the state will not allow the traditional annual distribution of the Holy Light, in the form of lit candles, to people’s homes, as many local authorities and councils pledged to do on Holy Saturday, April 18.

Confirmed Cases in Greece Rise to 1,884

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Greece rose to 1,884 on Wednesday, with fifty-two new cases and two new deaths in the last 24 hours being announced by the Health Ministry’s coronavirus spokesman, infectious disease expert Sotiris Tsiodras.

The total number of those who died with the coronavirus in Greece has now reached 83.