March 31, 2023

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Greek Health Minister: “Covid-Pass will be canceled on May 1st”

Greek Health Minister Thanos Plevris said on Tuesday that the conditions of the pandemic “allow us to suspend protection measures from May 1.” The measures that will be lifted are the Covid-Pass, i.e. the certificate of vaccination and recovery from Covid-19, as well as the mandatory use of masks indoors.

However, in an interview Skai TV Plevris stressed that the certificates would not be canceled, but “suspended”. Literally: “Attention, the validity of certificates of vaccinations and diseases is suspended, not canceled – sanitary protocols for tourism activities are simplified, as well as checks (testing) of citizens at their entrance / entry to various places.” He added that “the measures will be reviewed in September.”

Pleuris went on to say that during the Greek Orthodox Easter holiday period on April 24, “restrictions are even milder than last year.”

Meanwhile, the country’s committee of epidemiologists is meeting on Wednesday toreportedly decide on Covid-Pass and mandatory mask use, measures in churches during Holy Week, Sunday Night and Easter services, and no self-testing for coronavirus for schoolchildren.

The use of a mask indoors and outdoors, where there are crowds of people, is considered not so much a restriction as a measure of personal protection. Country Health Experts very reluctant to lift the mandatory wearing of masks indoors or in crowded places on the street. “With the mask on, we can be more careful, there is no need to make quick decisions,” Pleuris said in an interview.

  • From May 1 to October 31, covid certificates for vaccination and past illness are canceled;
  • From May 1, unvaccinated workers will be required to take one rapid test per week;
  • The mask regime in enclosed spaces remains until May 31;
  • Since May 3, self-tests have been canceled in schools.

Maintaining a protective mask in all indoor areas, as well as outdoors where there is a congestion of people, such as during the procession of the epitaph or the Resurrection service, and negative diagnostic tests before people come into contact with vulnerable or elderly people, are two prerequisites , which guarantee, from the point of view of experts, that Easter days will not provoke a new outbreak coronavirus pandemic in Greece.

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