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SMS Required to Leave House after Greek Lockdown- How it Works

Text messages and typed or hand-written notes will once more become part of the everyday life in Greece, after PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Thursday a three-week nationwide lockdown, beginning Saturday  at 6.00 AM.
Under the new rules, only those going to or from their workplace, shopping for food or medicine, visiting a doctor or pharmacy, taking brief exercise or walking their pet will be allowed to leave their homes.
The measures, aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, will be in place until November 30.
In order to leave home, people must carry a police ID or a passport with them, and a form which stipulates one of the approved reasons to be out.
The easiest and most popular option is sending a text message to 13033. In the body of the text, you must note any of six reasons (1 to 6), leave a space, add your name, then your home address. (Directions for this process are also to be found on
Reasons to be listed on the form include: 1. pharmacy, doctor; 2. basic needs or supermarket which doesn’t deliver; 3. bank (if e-banking not possible); 4. helping people in need; 5. funeral, baptism, wedding, or divorced parents’ visitation rights; 6. outdoor exercise or pet walking.
Generally speaking, citizens may only leave their homes for the following eight reasons:
1. Going to and from work during work hours.
2. Going to a pharmacy or a scheduled medical appointment.
3. Going to a store for basic goods, when there is no home delivery.
4. Going to the bank if an online transaction is not possible.
5. Going to help out people in need.
6. Going to an event such as a wedding, baptism, funeral or such, in accordance with the law.
7. Going out to exercise or to walk a pet, and only singly or by two. In the latter case, a distance of 1.5 meters must be kept between the walkers/runners.
8. Moving back to one’s main residence.
Another option is filling out a form for workers and employers. These are available for downloading at Other options include a piece of paper and simply writing out the necessary information by hand.

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