Last week we informed you that due to the increasing number of reported cases of coronavirus in Greece, the obligation to use masks in supermarkets has been restored. Starting tomorrow, from Wednesday, July 29, further restrictions will be introduced related to covering the mouth and nose in public places . According to the latest regulations, wearing masks will also be obligatory in all other retail stores (regardless of their size), offices and other public buildings, banks, grocery stores, bakeries, hairdressing and beauty salons, as well as in elevators. For now, these restrictions will not apply to churches.
Nikos Hardalias, the Greek deputy minister for civil protection, who announced the tightening of the regulations, emphasized that the increase in the disease in Athens and Thessaloniki proves that the virus is still here. By the way, it is also worth recalling last week's statement by the local health minister that although Greece is not struggling with the second wave of cases, vigilance is required. In this very sensitive situation, it is crucial to take swift action to contain the spread of the virus.
For our part, we would like to remind you that, apart from the above-mentioned places, wearing masks is necessary in public transport - both in airplanes and buses or taxis. Unfortunately, it looks like masks will once again become permanent personal equipment in Greece. Remember about them when visiting the attractions of Crete.
As of today, the regulations for traveling by planes from Bulgaria and Romania to Greece are also tightened. These people, if they will have to show a negative result of the coronavirus test performed up to 72 hours before entering Greece. This document must be translated into English and must also contain the passport or ID card number and the name of the traveler. Until now, a similar solution was valid only at the road crossing in Promachonas. Increasing the requirements for these travelers is related to the increase in reported cases of COVID-19 in both countries.