Updated Coronavirus Safety Measures In Greece

  • by XpatAthens
  • Tuesday, 09 February 2021
Updated Coronavirus Safety Measures In Greece
With the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), governments and organizations around the world have been enforcing emergency measures to keep the general public safe.

Even though it is sometimes hard to keep up with the ever-changing measures in Greece, we do our best to stay on top of the headlines and inform our readers in as much detail as possible.

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Measures Against The Coronavirus In Greece - Updated on February 25th, 2021

In an attempt to contain the spike of coronavirus infections and hospital admissions, the Greek PM stated that Greece will not be able to lift lockdown restrictions in the wider Athens area on Sunday, February 28th as planned initially and the lockdown will be extended for another 2 weeks! 

General Measures

A strict curfew is implemented throughout the country from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am and from 6:00 pm to 5:00 am at weekends. All traffic will be prohibited except for work, health, and pet walking reasons and only within walking distance from the house. From 9:00 pm to 5:00 am , citizens will be able to send an SMS to 13033 only with codes 1 (going to a pharmacy or visiting the doctor) and 6 (only valid for pet walking). Going to work requires an employee certificate from Ergani or forma.gov

Furthermore, wearing a mask is still mandatory in all public indoor and outdoor places in Greece.

Permission for movement via SMSstill applies nationwide.

There are 3 ways to inform authorities about being outdoors:
1. Filling-in a form on the government website forma.gov.gr.
2. Sending an SMS to the number 13033 see details here.
3. Stating your reason in a simple, signed personal declaration.

Shopping Guidelines

Hairdressers and retail stores will close, and the "Click Away" method will no longer be available.

For Attica, Thessaloniki, and Chalkidiki, only essential shops such a supermarkets, food stores, bakeries, fuel stations and pharmacies will be open until 8:30 pm on weekdays and until 5:00 on Saturday.

Takeaway & Delivery Services

Restaurants, cafes, and bars all around the country continue to remain closed and can only offer takeaway and delivery services. As of January 30th, customers will not be allowed to wait either inside or outside the stores, in order to avoid overcrowding.

Public Transport

Means of public transport will continue to operate on 65% occupancy; commuters still need to use the SMS service.

Public Services

Public service offices will remain open but will serve the public by appointment only to avoid overcrowding.


Schools will close and students will attend classes via e-learning. 

Tutoring and language centers will only operate with distance learning.

Workplace Measures

Mandatory teleworking (work from home) for 50% of public and private sector employees has been applied.

Employees must arrive at their workplace in 3 groups (7 am, 8 am, and 9 am) to prevent public transport congestion.

Employees must depart from the workplace in 4 groups to prevent congestion on public transport.

Frequent checks will occur at workplaces of public and private sector services, and fines imposed on supervisors/employers and employees who do not comply with personal protection measures in the workplace—namely, the mandatory use of a protective mask.

Rapid Covid-19 tests will be carried out at workplaces of the public and private sectors, public service buildings, and congested areas of Attica, such as schools, public transport, and hospitals.

Important Notice from XpatAthens
It is important to remind our readers that XpatAthens is not in any way a media source. While we do our best to keep our readers informed, we advise you to consult Greek media outlets such as ekathimerini.com, amna.gr, naftemporiki.gr, and protothema.gr and/or international news sites for up-to-the-hour updates on the coronavirus. Be wise and stay safe.

Article sources used above: www.gtp.gr and www.who.int/ and ekathimerini.com