Greece: New restrictions for the unvaccinated from today

New restrictions forthe unvaccinated in Greece from today until Monday, 6 December 2021.

From today, the entrance to entertainment centers, indoor restaurants, theaters, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, conferences, stadiums and gyms, will be done exclusively with the demonstration of a vaccination certificate, while the entrance to church premises will require a negative 48-hour rapid test.

As of today, the rolling hours for the attendance of public and private employees in their work are returning. The shops will be open with extended hours from 10 in the morning until nine in the evening.

The first protection measures are the use of a protective mask in all indoor areas, including workplaces and in all outdoor areas where congestion occurs. Keeping distances of one and a half meters between people (one person per 2 sq.m.) indoors and outdoors, either pure for fully vaccinated and sick during the last six months or mixed.

Public services

The number of employees with telework is determined based on the nature of the employees’ duties and the needs of each service and the attendance of the employees is carried out gradually, according to the service needs and the instructions of the competent Supervisor.

The public service is preferably, but not exclusively, by appointment. The public enters after a mandatory demonstration upon entry of a vaccination certificate or a certificate of illness or a certificate of negative coronavirus diagnostic test (PCR or rapid test). Minors from four to 17 years old can alternatively submit a negative self-test. Absolutely urgent cases are excluded from the application of this point, in particular access to police stations, which cannot be postponed.

Meetings of collective bodies and working meetings are held, by teleconference or through physical presence with the participation of up to seven people.

Private companies

Operation with the necessary staff, service to the public only in urgent cases and by appointment, except for banks and cases in which an appointment can not be scheduled [courier companies, Greek Post (ELTA), PPC, EYDAP, etc.]. Especially for banks, the public enters after a mandatory demonstration at the entrance, a vaccination certificate or a certificate of illness or a certificate of negative diagnostic test for coronavirus (PCR or rapid test). Minors from four to 17 years old may, alternatively, submit a negative self-test.

Schools-Universities

According to the Government Gazette, the lifelong educational operation of all primary, secondary and special education units (kindergartens, primary, all-day schools, high schools and lyceums of general and vocational education) continues with the measures that are already in force.

Conducting any form of educational process in the context of α΄, β΄ and γ΄ degree programs of HEIs, such as the teaching of courses (compulsory, compulsory or free choice), the conduct of seminars, the independent teaching of in-depth courses In small groups of students, laboratory exercises, clinical exercises and student internships are mandatory for life and in accordance with the coronavirus prevention measures already in force.

Similarly, with the physical presence of the trainees and the instructors and the protection measures in force so far, the structures within the Detention Centers, the Vocational Training Institutes (IEK), the Lifelong Learning Centers (K.D.V.M.) will operate. ), the Second Chance Schools (SDE)

Also, the lifelong operation of tutoring centers and language centers in accordance with the protection measures continues.

Specifically, for the participation in the course, the students, candidates and the teachers of the tuition centers / foreign language centers who do not present a certificate of vaccination or a certificate of illness within the last semester, demonstrate to the person in charge of the tuition center / center, students and candidates certificate of negative self-test (self-test) performed twice (2) times a week, and teachers certificate of negative test (rapid test or PCR) performed twice (2) times a week at a cost their. For the rest of the staff of the language schools / centers that do not present a vaccination certificate or a certificate of illness within the last six months, respectively, what is valid in the private sector applies accordingly.

Courts, prosecutor’s offices, salaried, unpaid mortgage offices, cadastral offices and branches of the “Hellenic Land Registry”

Upon entry, citizens are required to present a certificate of vaccination or a certificate of illness or a certificate of negative coronavirus (PCR or rapid test). Minors from four to 17 years old may, alternatively, submit a negative self-test.

Up to 15 people are allowed in the courtroom, the prosecutor’s office and the military courts.

Hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, diagnostic centers and rehabilitation centers

The following applies to personnel who have been suspended from their duties and during this period fell ill with Covid-19:

The laboratory molecular test (PCR) of the symptomatic worker is done in a public structure. In case the first laboratory test has been done in a private structure, it is confirmed within twenty-four hours in a public health structure. It is not allowed to present a sample taken in advance and the sampling is carried out within the public structure in the presence of more than one person with sampling responsibility.

One attendant / visitor per patient. Fully vaccinated and patients who have been ill for the last six months are not subject to laboratory testing prior to entering a public or private primary health care facility, including public and private clinics.

Unvaccinated or non-sick patient attendants are subjected to a laboratory test (PCR or rapid test) within 48 hours before entering a public or private primary care facility, including public and private clinics.

Fully vaccinated or ill patients in the last six months undergo a laboratory test (PCR or rapid test) within 48 hours before entering any other public or private health facility.

Unvaccinated or non-vaccinated patient attendants undergo laboratory testing for COVID-19 by PCR within 48 hours prior to entry into any other public or private health facility.

In the above cases, the results of laboratory tests are confirmed through the special application Covid Free GR. Excluded from the above obligations are the escorts of patients who come to the Emergency Department.

Patients attending a public or private health facility for examination are not subject to laboratory testing for COVID-19.

Patients attending a public or private health facility for an invasive or aerosol test may undergo a laboratory test (PCR or rapid test)

Exempted from the above obligations are patients who come to a public or private health facility to deal with emergencies.

Archaeological sites, museums, indoor monuments and venues for art and other art exhibitions, film screenings, live shows and auditions, other performing arts

Possibility of operation only for persons who have been vaccinated or ill during the last six months. Minors from four to 17 years old may, alternatively, submit a negative self-test.

Group tours with the use of a mask and keeping distance are allowed.

Nightclubs including indoor banquets, music venues and bars

Operation exclusively for fully vaccinated or ill in the last six months. 100% occupancy rate. Mandatory demonstration upon entry of customers, vaccination certificate, or disease certificate.

Mandatory use of mask by staff.

Catering (eg restaurants, cafes, internet cafes, canteens, refreshments, canteens, catering, outdoor banquets)

Customers are required to enter upon receipt of a vaccination certificate or disease certificate. Minors from four to 17 years old may, alternatively, submit a negative self-test.

Business operation, in open space. Up to 10 people per table and customers enter upon mandatory demonstration upon entry of vaccination certificate or disease certificate or confirmation of negative coronavirus diagnostic test (PCR or rapid test). Minors from four to 17 years old may, alternatively, submit a negative self-test.

Playgrounds

Operation of playgrounds outdoors. One child per 5 sq.m. Admission of minors from four to 17 years with negative self-test.

Adults are admitted upon compulsory screening upon entry of a vaccination certificate or disease certificate or a negative coronavirus diagnostic test (PCR or rapid test).

It is not allowed for the attendants to enter the children’s playgrounds indoors.

Places of Worship

Religious ministers and chanters are exempt from the obligatory use of a mask exclusively during the religious ceremony.

Individuals enter for the purpose of participating in any kind of religious ceremony after a mandatory demonstration upon entry of a certificate of vaccination or certificate of illness, or a certificate of negative diagnostic test for coronavirus (PCR or rapid test). Minors from 4 to 17 years old can, alternatively, submit a negative self-test statement.

In retail and hair salons, customers enter with the presentation of a vaccination certificate, or a certificate of illness, or a certificate of negative diagnostic test for coronavirus COVID-19 (PCR or rapid test). Minors 4-17 years with negative self-test.