The decision on new emergency measures to protect public health from COVID-19, which will be effective throughout the country from Monday 5 July, is published in the Official Gazette. These measures include the first “bonuses” for the vaccinated and explain where the unvaccinated will need to get tested.
The message sent by the government is this: the country will no longer close, the vaccinated will not be deprived of their rights because of the “bunch of anti-vaccines.”
Adonis Georgiadis, speaking on TV, posted his own message to unvaccinated: “If some people do not want to get vaccinated and think that they will stay at home during the winter and get money, they are wrong.” He stressed that the country will not close down again to protect a few unvaccinated people.
Last week, the first bonuses for the vaccinated were announced, where a green pass (issued to a fully vaccinated) means free access, and those who have been vaccinated will have to take a test, and at their own expense.
Last week, it announced the division of food service establishments into mixed and clean zones (only for the vaccinated), as well as the requirement to present a green pass for travel on ships. Or, as an option, a PCR test or a rapid test for the unvaccinated.
Island decision will come into force from tomorrow, and the decision on the “two-tier system” – from July 15 (dividing catering establishments into 2 zones). However, from tomorrow, the system will be used in open night entertainment areas.
It is noted that Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Stelios Petsas, in his statement today, did not rule out the possibility of requiring a negative test or a green pass to move from the prefecture to the prefecture.
Details of the measures that will take effect next week:
The Official Government Gazette published a legislative decision that includes all the changes announced regarding the operation of entertainment centers, restaurants, cultural institutions, as well as changes in travel by ship, plane and buses of KTEL.
As for public services (the work of public sector officials), it is stated that serving the public is preferable, but not exclusively after the planned reception, always with the observance of protective measures and a ratio of 1 person per 16 square meters and with the mandatory use of a mask even in the open air.
How closed cinemas will work
With regard to the operation of closed cinemas (twelve months of operation) and on the basis of the relevant announcements that have been made, it is indicated that at the entrance it is required to present:
a) certificate of vaccination;
b) negative laboratory test for coronavirus, performed by PCR by taking a nasopharyngeal swab within the last 72 hours before the scheduled time of visiting the entertainment venue;
c) rapid test for the detection of coronavirus antigen, carried out within 48 hours before the scheduled visit time;
d) self-test done within 24 hours before the visit.
A negative diagnosis of a laboratory test by PCR and an express test for antigen detection is confirmed by the presentation of the corresponding certificate, and the diagnosis of self-testing is confirmed by displaying the certificate “COVID-19: Δήλωση αποτελέσματος self-test / Self test declaration” (https://self-testing.gov. gr / covid19-self-test-print.pdf). Those. declaration (responsible statement) of the results of self-examination, registered electronically or written by hand;
c) certificate of illness issued 30 days after the first positive test (validity of the document is up to 180 days).
What will happen to nightclubs
Regarding the work of night clubs, it is announced that from July 2, night establishments (discos) located in open areas, including those with a retractable roof, will begin to operate under the following conditions:
Fullness 25%. Be sure to present at the entrance:
a) certificate of vaccination; or
b) Confirmation of a negative result for the COVID-19 coronavirus antigen (rapid test) within 48 hours of the scheduled arrival time for the event. A negative diagnosis of the rapid antigen detection test is confirmed by the presentation of an appropriate certificate, or
c) certificate of illness issued thirty (30) days after the first positive test, valid for up to one hundred and eighty (180) days thereafter.
Public transport operates with a limited frequency, ensuring adequate traffic, especially during working hours of employees, and in any case with a maximum load of 65% in public buses (KTEL city buses, etc.), private buses, public transport under the jurisdiction of OASA SA and OASTH SA , vehicles of “fixed movement” under the jurisdiction of STASY SA, lifts (cable cars).
Intercity KTEL and trains are operated with a maximum load of 85%. Operation of tourist buses (open or closed type) with a maximum load of 85%.
Transportation by sea
The occupancy of passenger and car ferries is up to 80% of the total number of passengers on board or up to 85% of this number if there are cabins on board. The coverage of BC type seats is 50%.
The cabins of passengers and crews can accommodate up to 4 people if they are either spouses / cohabitants, relatives of the first or second degree of kinship, or disabled persons accompanied by them, otherwise – 2 separate passengers or crew members, respectively.
Also, the occupancy of passenger vehicles on high-speed, passenger high-speed and passenger hydrofoils is 80% of the total number of passengers on the ships if they have HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters and if they are certified.
Boarding passengers on ships, as well as sea taxis from the ports of mainland Greece to the islands and between the islands is allowed if:
aa) the passengers have passed at least 14 days after vaccination and they must present the corresponding certificate, or
ab) have a negative PCR test (within the last 72 hours before the scheduled travel time), or have performed an express test (express) within the last 48 hours before the planned travel time.
ac) demonstrate a certificate of illness issued 30 days after the first positive test and valid for 180 days thereafter.
Minors between 12 and 17 years old can travel by performing a weekly self-test 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
ba) passengers traveling daily between different regional offices for business purposes can make their journeys by performing a weekly self-test;
bb) Passengers traveling by ferry between the islands of the same regional division may travel after a self-test.
bc) passengers traveling on the ferry lines Perama-Paluquia-Salamina, Perama-Megaridos-Faneromeni-Salamina, Rio Antirrio, on ferries from the mainland to Evia, as well as on the ferry lines Poros-Gautis-Galati, Galatas, Galatas – Ammouli Halkidiki can travel by performing a self-diagnosis test (self-test) 24 hours before the scheduled travel time.
c) In any case, in order to board passengers from ports in mainland Greece to the islands and vice versa, the Health Questionnaire listed in Appendix 1 of the Passenger COVID-19 Prevention and Control Measures must be completed prior to boarding.
Information posted on the website of the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy https://www.ynanp.gr/el/.
Verification is carried out by airlines when buying a ticket and attaching digital certificates.
Travelers arriving in Greece must present at the checkpoints the Electronic Passenger Placement Form (PLF), which is issued through the web portal https://travel.gov.gr.
If a foreigner presents a certificate in a language other than Greek or English, control remains with the airline.
Passengers and crew members are required to comply with other COVID-19 coronavirus prevention and protection measures posted on the Civil Aviation Service website https://www.ypa.gr before boarding, during travel, as well as when disembarking passengers.
If the passenger is not wearing a mask, he is not allowed to get into the vehicle.
The presence of spectators in stadiums is allowed at the rate of 50% of the capacity of the stands at sports matches if:
a) viewers have passed at least 14 days after being vaccinated against coronavirus and have shown evidence, or
b) got a negative self-test result within 24 hours before the scheduled match time. The result obtained during the self-test is confirmed by the presentation of the corresponding certificate (platform selftesting.gov.gr), or
c) Demonstrate evidence that the person has had covid. The certificate is issued 30 days after the first positive test and is valid for 180 days after that.