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Greece imposes overnight curfew starting today

Greek authorities are scrambling to get COVID-19 back under control as quickly as possible

  • November 13, 2020 17:30
  • Author Anton Stoyanov
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As Greece seeks to stem the tide of new COVID-19 cases, government officials are further tightening restrictions on public life. While the country had an excellent showing and displayed admirable tenacity during the first wave of the disease, these last few weeks have proven to be a great challenge for authorities and citizens.

Slowly creeping back toward a full lockdown

Just last week, the entirety of Greece went into lockdown in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While initially, the new measures bore only a slight resemblance to the full lockdown that was announced and enacted during the spring, the deteriorating epidemiological situation in the country has forced the Greek government to implement more and more harsh measures.

The latest such move comes in the form of a nighttime curfew that will be in effect starting tonight, Friday, 13 November. According to the government’s announcement, movement between 9 PM and 5 AM will be heavily restricted – only those travelling for work, health emergencies and walking their pets will be allowed outside.

Furthermore, as of today, all public and private enterprises across the country have to provide documents proving that they are operating with a skeleton staff at their offices while the rest of their workers (or as many as possible) are working from home.

The restrictions that are currently in effect, which also include a mandatory permit for going outside that is delivered and requested via an SMS, will be in effect at the very least until 30 November. After the measures were initially introduced last week, public life in the country has ground to a halt as citizens and authorities wage a common battle against the virus.



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