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Coronavirus: Greece Mulls Ban on Car Travel Over Orthodox Easter Weekend

Police will be stopping drivers in numerous parts of the country this upcoming Pascha weekend. Photo Credit:

The Greek government has not ruled out new, even tougher restrictive measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the coming days, especially ahead of Easter, which is celebrated on April 19 this year across the Orthodox Christian world.
Government spokesperson Stelios Petsas said on Holy Monday that the Greek government is willing to ”do whatever it takes” to ensure that Greece will not see an outbreak in late April due to a potential relaxation of vigilance during the days of Easter.
One of the extremely strict measures which are on the table even includes a temporary ban on car travel across the country on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, April 18 and 19.
Of course, this has not been decided yet, but the very fact that Petsas himself told reporters that the government is willing to enforce such a measure in order to do whatever it takes to beat the virus, shows Athens‘ determination not to allow the gains made so far to be wasted.
Premier Mitsotakis, in a televised message on Holy Monday, thanked the Greek people for their exemplary behavior during these extremely difficult days, and said that the time when the country will be gradually and slowly returning to normalcy is coming closer.

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