İrem UZUN -TDO- Greece will lift some COVID-19 restrictions next week as part of a plan to gradually reopen a fragile economy even as its hospitals remain under severe pressure from stubbornly high infections, authorities said on Friday. “We’re heading towards conditions that will be a little bit looser,” Deputy Interior Minister Stelios Petsas told state television.
As of Saturday, the existing weekend curfew from 7 pm to 5 am will start later, in effect from 9 pm to 5 am. Hair salons will open across Greece by appointment starting on Monday, the first step in re-opening non-essential businesses in the country. Archaeological sites across the country will welcome visitors starting Saturday. Those looking to visit must wear a mask and go to the site on foot or on a bicycle. Greeks living by the sea will now be permitted to go fishing. Churches will be open to the faithful on Sundays and Holy Days with strict social distancing measures in place. Priests and others who work in the church, along with visitors, will be subject to rapid coronavirus testing.
Greece has fared better than many other European countries, but it has seen more that 7,000 deaths and suffered heavily from a renewed surge in cases, which has forced the government to re-impose some restrictions that had previously been lifted. The country on Wednesday registered 3,465 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, marking the highest daily figure since November 12.