People in Greece will no longer be required to wear masks indoors starting June first, according to Thanos Plevris, the Greek minister of health.
However, masks will still be required in certain places, such as in hospitals, elder care homes, and on public transit.
Travelers on airplanes and on the country’s KTEL bus system will not be required to wear masks.
The new measure will run from June 1st until September 15th, when the possibility of requiring masks in indoor places will be reconsidered.
Masks not required on planes, KTEL buses in Greece
In late April, Greece announced that it would scrap COVID-19 vaccination and recovery certificates starting on May 1st as part of its plan to return to normalcy ahead of the summer tourist season.
At the time, Plevris also announced that restrictions on occupancy rates at places such as restaurants, shops, and sports venues would be lifted until August 31st when all the measures would be reviewed.
Greece records 4,626 coronavirus cases, 19 deaths Wednesday
Since the pandemic began, Greece has confirmed a total of 3,406,553 coronavirus infections.
The nineteen deaths associated with the coronavirus recorded in the last 24 hours bring the total number of people who have died from the virus in Greece to 29,619. Of those who have passed away, 95.6 percent had an underlying condition and/or were aged seventy or over.
A total of 161 coronavirus patients are on ventilators in hospitals as of Wednesday.
The median age of intubated patients is 71, and 92.5 percent have an underlying condition and/or are aged seventy or over. Of the total, 81 are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and eighty are fully vaccinated.
A total of 4,660 patients have been discharged from ICUs in Greece since the pandemic began.
The median age of those with new infections is 36 years while the median age of the deceased is eighty.