The transition to the new normality will be slow and in phases

Government spokesperson Stelios Petsas on Wednesday underlined the value of prompt and reliable information and referred to the parameters for a gradual return to normality, as well as the reopening of schools and the emergency situation in Kranidi, during an interview with ANT1 TV.

Petsas said that from the first moment the government has made a huge effort to inform the public, with targeted actions in the media as well as daily briefing given by the health ministry spokesperson for the pandemic, Professor Sotiris Tsiodras, and Deputy Civil Protection and Crisis Management Minister Nikos Hardalias, so that everyone has access to timely information and is not misled by fake news.

He announced that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will address the Greek people early next week and explain how Greece will move from now on. “We have said that the transition to the new normality will be slow and carried out in phases, which will unfold in May and June”.

Petsas explained that the restrictions will continue to apply for some time, while the issue was how the country will gradually go from a regime of strict circulation restrictions to one without restrictions. “This needs a comprehensive plan… Very slowly, by the end of May or mid-June we will have largely returned to normality,” he said.

The biggest problem in terms of economic activity was tourism, the spokesperson noted, where “there are many issues that remain to be resolved before the opening of tourist accomodations and the reception of tourists from within the country or abroad”.

Referring to the opening of schools, Petsas said that a huge discussion was currently underway on this matter throughout the world. “Some countries move faster while others are more cautious. We are listening to the experts’ recommendations,” he underlined.

On Labour Day, he said that “under no circumstances should we jeopardise everything we achieved through such sacrifices during the recent period. Let’s first open up the sectors of the economy and there is time enough to visit our villages…There is no reason to see a sudden spread of the virus to areas that have few or no incidents due to people’s movement from [the cities].”

Referring to the coronavirus outbreak at a refugee facility in Kranidi, he noted that the next days are crucial: “We are neither optimistic nor pessimistic. We are closely monitoring the situation.”