From May 22, the number of passengers in cars and taxis will increase to three (excluding the driver) instead of the previously permitted two, according to a new Joint Ministerial Decision published in the Government Gazette.
The new decision provides that it is allowed to be in public passenger transport up to three passengers, in addition to the driver, in:
Ε.Δ.Χ (taxis with a special permit); TAXI; Special Lease, ειδικής μίσθωσης (rented, rented vehicles). IX (personal passenger transport); EIX (rented cars with a driver).
All persons in the vehicle must wear masks. Otherwise, the fine is € 300 each.
Exceeding the limit is allowed only in cases when the passengers of the vehicle:
a) minor children whose stay at home under adult supervision is impossible;
b) a person who needs the assistance of a second passenger for transportation.
VAN vehicle (minivan), which is designed for 9 people (except for the driver):
Allowed to be up to 4 people, while all of them must use a mask. The excess of the number of passengers is possible only if the vehicle, along with adults, are minors, who cannot be left at home.
The fine for not using the mask is 300 euros for everyone in the vehicle, if the passengers do not have type A and B family ties.
It is also stipulated that for students who are served by taxis outside the city for their transportation to and from school, it is allowed to accommodate up to 4 people, upon presentation of the appropriate certificate from the school principal. A similar opportunity is given to teachers outside the city, who travel either by taxi or by the car of one of the teachers.
With regard to the degree of kinship, the law establishes the following:
First degree A: parents, children, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law. Second degree B: grandparents, grandchildren, groom, bride, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brothers and sisters. Third degree D: great-grandmothers and great-grandfathers, great-grandchildren, nieces, uncles, aunts.
According to experts, despite the lifting of restrictions, some protection measures will remain mandatory until the country achieves herd immunity.