Greece’s recent Joint Ministerial Decision will relax its previously-implemented measures regarding the curbing of the Covid-19 pandemic, including restrictions for shopping malls, restaurants and cafes.
Customers are now no longer required to wear masks while shopping at a store; however, all store employees are still expected to wear face coverings. Despite this, limits on maximum occupancy in each establishment, as well as social distancing protocols, are still being maintained in all stores in Greece.
The Ministerial Decision also abolishes a previously-implemented rule for restaurants and dining venues, with the six-person limit per table now being lifted.
Regarding public transportation, both customers and staff are still required to wear masks, including in waiting areas as well as inside vehicles and trains.
All vehicles belonging to Greece’s inter-city bus system, KTEL, are still only allowed to carry up to 65 percent of their maximum occupancy per transport, however. This mandate also extends to tourist and private buses, and all enclosed buses (those whose windows are for the most part fixed and not openable) as well as vehicles belonging to individual motorists.
Buses belonging to the Athens Urban Transport Organization, which runs the country’s largest mass transit system, are also required to adhere to the new protocols.
Fines are still expected to be paid within 15 days of tickets first being issued under the new Ministerial Decision, with payments to be made electronically via the General Secretariat of Information Systems or Public Procurement Systems.
In the case of unpaid tickets, authorities are now able to obtain information regarding the offender’s residence 30 days after the fine was distributed in order to pursue the issue.
As Greece is into only its second week of receiving international tourists for the summer season, the new Joint Ministerial Decision marks the first steps into unfamiliar territory for the country.