Nikos Hardalias

Tighter restrictions not ruled out

Amid a resurgence of the coronavirus in Attica, the next 48 hours are seen as decisive as the rate of infections, hospital admissions and intubations will determine whether the country is already in the grip of a third wave, necessitating the immediate implementation of new, tougher measures to shield the National Health System from further stresses.

Government reverses decision to open stores as infections spike in Attica

A sudden rise in coronavirus infections in Attica this past week prompted the government to impose stricter measures across the board in the largest region of the country as of Saturday, focused mainly on the market and on delaying the return of grades 10-12 to classrooms.

Lockdown extended indefinitely but stores to reopen

Greece's government has extended nationwide lockdown measures indefinitely but says retail stores and malls will reopen Monday with strict entrance limits.

Civil protection chief Nikos Hardalias said Friday that a nightly curfew, domestic travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders will all remain in effect after being first imposed in early November.

Shops, hair salons to reopen in Greece on Monday, with health rules in place

Retail stores and hair salons will reopen everywhere in Greece on Monday expect in areas with a high viral load, where the shops will operate using the click-and-collect model, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced in Parliament on Friday.

He said the government received a positive recommendation on the issue from the committee of experts advising it on the pandemic.

Municipality in Viotia to enter strict lockdown due to infections

The municipality of Aliartos-Thespies in the region of Viotia will enter a stricter lockdown as of Wednesday, due to an increased number of coronavirus infections, Greek authorities said on Tuesday.

Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias said the measures will apply until January 15.

Extra restrictions for small town in central Greece due to virus

Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias announced Monday additional restrictions for the small town of Sperchiada in the region of Fthiotida, central Greece, after health authorities detected an increased number of coronavirus cases.

The measures will apply for 10 days, from January 5 to 6 a.m. on January 14.