Greece is easing some coronavirus restrictions despite a surge in infections — in particular, retail stores will open and people will be allowed to travel to places outside their home municipalities for training.
This is reported by Ekathimerini.
Deputy Minister of Civil Protection Nikos Gardalias said that retail stores-except for department stores and shopping centers will be able to reopen from next Monday, April 5.
Also, recently, a measure that restricts exercise in any place that people could walk or bike to was repealed. Gardalias announced that driving outside of his own community will again be allowed from Saturday, but only on weekends. Exercises can be done with a maximum of three people or one family group.
Since the beginning of November, lockdown-type restrictions have been applied in Greece, retail stores, bars, and restaurants are closed, and people are only allowed to leave their homes for good reasons. Violations are punishable by a fine of 300 euros.
Despite the restrictions, the country has seen a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths, with a record high of 4,340 new daily infections recorded on Tuesday. Many intensive care units are already exceeding capacity, and Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias on Wednesday announced that even more public hospitals will be turned into Covid-19-only facilities.
The authorities said they were easing the lockdown measures, recognizing the tension that has long restricted the population.
“We know that there is fatigue. We are talking about a small respite for society, “ Kikilias said.