Lockdown in Greece, extended until January 10

The Greek government announced on Saturday a new extension, until January 10, of the restrictive measures imposed in the country for two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This ends the flexibility during the end-of-year holidays, AFP reports.

Originally scheduled to end on January 7, ”restrictive measures will start on Sunday and last until January 10 for preventive reasons”.

People are only allowed to go to the doctor, to the pharmacy, for jogging and exercise. Only grocery stores and drug stores are open and employees are advised to opt for remote work.

Wearing a mask is mandatory both inside the buildings and outside and traffic is prohibited between 22:00 and 05:00.

A strict lockdown, with traffic restrictions during the night to limit the spread of the second wave of the epidemic in the country – much more virulent than the spring – was adopted on November 7, being extended for the first time in early December for another month.

Greece registered 4,881 deaths due to COVID-19 and 139,447 cases of contamination at a population of 10.7 million.

More than 4,000 deaths have been reported in the last two months.