Greece Announces New Covid-19 Safety Measures

  • by XpatAthens
  • Monday, 22 November 2021
Greece Announces New Covid-19 Safety Measures

Adults in Greece not vaccinated against the coronavirus (Covid-19) will be banned from entering more indoor spaces, including cinemas, theaters, museums, and gyms as of Monday, November 22, according to an announcement by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

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New Measures 
  • Public or private sector employees who have not been vaccinated will have to test twice a week in a private health center, at their own expense, and present negative results, and then upload the results to the government's Covid19 platform
  • The use of face masks will be mandatory in all indoor areas with the exception of restaurants, and in open crowded spaces
  • All unvaccinated adults, will not be allowed to enter public venues, including cinemas, theaters, museums, nightclubs, or gyms, not even with a negative Covid-19 test. The measure does not include churches, public services, hair salons, shops, and, restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating, where unvaccinated people can enter with a negative test result.
  • No negative test result or vaccination certificate is required for supermarkets and pharmacies.

  • With regard to entering churches, those unvaccinated must present a negative Covid-19 test (rapid or PCR) result from a private health center or a recovery certificate.
  • People between the ages of 4 and 17 years old can enter indoor places with a negative Covid-19 self-test result.
  • Vaccination certificates for citizens over 60 will expire for entrance to indoor spaces seven months after the vaccine process was completed (those who have completed vaccination with two doses or with a single-dose vaccine). The PM said that this will allow this age group one month to receive the third dose (booster shot).

  • Students must take two self-tests a week (provided for free), while college students must pay twice a week for rapid (antigen) tests (10 Euros each) and upload the results to the government’s Covid platform.

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