Petsas: ‘Additional measures necessary so schools remain a hive of knowledge, not a coronavirus breeding ground’

Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said that teachers, students and their parents, local and central government, all have to pull together to “win the war against this unprecedented global health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic,” speaking at the press conference on the opening of the new school season in the midst of the persistent coronavirus pandemic and a recent spike in new cases.
As he pointed out, “local government and central government have been working closely together all this time, as the school year which starts in a few days is unique. Additional protection measures are necessary so that our schools remain a hive of knowledge, not a coronavirus breeding ground that further spreads the pandemic.”
Petsas also noted the crucial role of the cooperation between the Ministry of Interior and the country’s municipalities, as they “do what is necessary for the smooth operation of the schools, ensuring the necessary disinfection and disposal of all consumables, such as masks and antiseptics.”
He also noted that a large number of citizens have not yet returned to urban centers from their summer holidays, as “especially in Athens, until August 31, based on the analysis of population mobility data – from tolls, ferry and air transport, as well as public transport – it seems that only about 85 pct of the capital’s residents have come back.”
The government spokesman underlined that “we call on all parents to return home in coming days with their children. And to take care, for the good of the whole family, to stay safe by limiting contacts with the wider community until the start of classes.”
Education Minister Niki Kerameus, Interior Minister Takis Theodorikakos, President of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE) Dimitris Papastergiou and Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Vana Papaevangelou all participate in the presser.