Stricter Measures Imposed in Athens to Limit Spread of Covid



Face masks are compulsory in the Athens metro. Credit: AMNA

A return to working from home for those employed by both private and public companies, along with stricter crowd control measures, are some of the emergency steps introduced in Attica on Monday.

Following a rise in the number of coronavirus infections, particularly in the center of Athens, and an attendant rise in hospitalizations, new measures have been introduced as of Monday, September 21 which will last through October 4.

The new measures are as follows:

– Indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to nine people, except for areas already regulated, such as restaurants;

– Indoor and outdoor concerts are suspended, as are indoor film screenings;

– Baptisms, weddings and funerals may have a maximum of 20 people in attendance;

– People from vulnerable groups, such as migrants, who have tested positive for the virus but are asymptomatic will be transferred to hotels and be under medical care there;

– 40 percent of private and public business employees must work from home;

– Public-sector employees must arrive at and depart from work in three stages (at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.);

– Private-sector companies must do the same, but using four stages;

– People 65 or older, or belonging to vulnerable groups, must limit their social outings for 14 days, and their contacts to immediate family members.

Source: AMNA