Shopping hours

Gov't announces changes to supermarket hours, no more Sunday opening

The govenrment on Tuesday announced changes to supermarket opening hours, which had been extended to respond to additional demand amid restrictions on movement imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

As of Thursday, supermarkets will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and will be closed on Sundays. 

Supermarkets oppose longer opening hours

It appears uncertain whether the extension of supermarket opening hours would go ahead on Friday after postponements due to reactions by the chains.

Although the longer hours - from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. - were originally supposed to start on Wednesday, their introduction has now been put off until Friday, and Sunday openings for the next month remain to be seen.

Stores close, with some exceptions

Greece's efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus will as of Wednesday extend to the shutdown of the majority of retail stores for at least two weeks. At the same time the government is expanding by two hours daily the opening hours of supermarkets, which will also operate on Sunday, so as to reduce congestion.

Athens museums change opening hours on Sunday for Polytechnic events

The opening hours of Athens' main state-run museums will alter this Sunday (November 17) to accomodate the events held in commemoration of the 1973 Polytechnic students uprising, the Culture Ministry said.
According to the announcement, the working hours will be the following:

Fall sales begin, possibly for the last time

The fall sales started on Friday across Greece and are scheduled to run through November 15.

This could be the last autumn store discount period following complaints by retailers who argue that the spring and fall sales add next to nothing to their annual turnover. In response, the government is considering liberalizing sales and offers regulations.