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    Covid-19 Information for Crete

    Travel Tips Advice & Info Covid-19 Information for Crete

    *Please note, everyone entering the country must have a negative PCR test performed up to 72 hours prior their arrival. This applies to travelers on international flights, as well as those entering from land borders. The measures were applied on November 11th 2020.

    It is also mandatory to fill a PLF form and have the QR code for those travelling from abroad, while starting from November 10th 2020, all Greeks traveling abroad should fill out the PLF form at page travel.gov.gr, 24 hours before the trip.

    Greece has been one of the least affected countries by the novel coronavirus mainly due to the preventative measures taken early on. Crete has been no exception, as there are only a few cases since the start of the pandemic.

    The Greek government has created an interactive map which will show the level of risk around the whole country, which you can use to find out what are the measures and restrictions to the area you are traveling to.

    Currently, in Crete, Chania is on Level B, Rethymno on Level B, Heraklion on Level C and Lasithi on Level B. You can click on each Level section below to learn more information about the measures and use of masks.

    The Levels are updated every 14 days, and we recommend visiting the official website for the most current update.

    Mask

    • Use in all indoor and all outdoor areas. 

    Movements

    The relevant document from the Information Center is needed for the transfer of the employees Ergani System and in case this is not possible, you need the Employee Traffic Certificate which is available at forma.gov.gr. Travel is allowed using SMS (or by completing the exceptional travel form available at forma.gov.gr or by handwritten certificate, according to the model available at forma.gov.gr ONLY for the following reasons:

    1. Move for health reasons (i.e. go to a pharmacy, visit the doctor or go to a hospital or health centre, if recommended after contact). In this case an SMS with code 1 needs to be sent.
    2. Go to an in-service supply store for essentials where they cannot be sent on time. In this case an SMS with code 2 needs to be sent
    3. Go to a public service, if it is not possible to provide electronic or telephone service and only for urgent needs, after setting an appointment for which the citizen is informed in writing or electronically and subject to the additional condition of demonstration of such information. As well as going to the bank, as long as the electronic transaction is not possible. In this case an SMS with code 3 needs to be sent.
    4. Go to help people in need, as well as to transport a spouse or first-degree relative to and from their place of work, if necessary, or escort a student to school by a parent or guardian. In these cases (i.e. providing assistance, transferring a spouse or relative to work and accompanying a student), an SMS with code 4 needs to be sent.
    5. Go to a funeral under the conditions laid down by law or for the transition of divorced parents or parents who are separated necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the provisions in force. In this case an SMS with code 5 needs to be sent.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or movement with a pet, individually or in two (2) persons, provided that the necessary distance of one and a half (1.5) meters is respected in the latter case. As well as a transition to feed stray animals, if the transition takes place within the municipality of residence of the citizen.  In this case an SMS with code 6 needs to be sent.

    Hyper-local movements between Regional Units are prohibited, except:

    • Health reasons
    • Professional reasons
    • Return to permanent residence
    • Family reunification

    *Please note, everyone entering the country must have a negative PCR test performed up to 72 hours prior their arrival. This applies to travelers on international flights, as well as those entering from land borders. The measures were applied on November 11th 2020.

    It is also mandatory to fill a PLF form and have the QR code for those travelling from abroad, while starting from November 10th 2020, all Greeks traveling abroad should fill out the PLF form at page travel.gov.gr, 24 hours before the trip.

    Gatherings/Public or social events

    • Suspension 

    Public services

    • Operation with the personnel necessary for the provision of the service or the performance of the project in accordance with the relevant provisions.
    • Mandatory protection of officials belonging to risk groups by granting a special leave of absence and providing teleworking where possible.
    • Compulsory teleworking at the maximum possible rate, provided that it is consistent with the nature of the tasks, in addition to officials belonging to an increased risk group.
    • Public service only in urgent cases and mandatory by appointment.
    • Distance of one and a half (1,5) meters to be kept.
    • Meetings of the collective bodies and holding working meetings either by teleconference or at the distance of one and a half (1.5) meters and involving up to seven (7) persons. In the operation of collective bodies carrying out procedures in which an interview is provided, it shall be carried out using electronic means without the physical presence of the interviewer. In this case, the College shall lay down the conditions and conditions necessary to ensure the reliability of the procedure with regard to the identity of the person called and his non-assistance from external factors.

    Hospitals, clinics, dispensaries and diagnostic centres

    • One (1) escort/visitor per patient
    • Limitation* of scheduled surgeries up to 80%.
    • Maintenance of a minimum distance of one and a half (1,5) meters, except for the carrying out of medical operations.
    • *Oncology and emergency services, as well as special hospitals, are excluded from the restrictions.

    Places of worship/religious ceremonies

    • The compulsory use of a mask in accordance with Article 2 shall exclude religious officers and priests solely during the religious ceremony.
    • Execution of functions, worships, priesthoods, mysteries, funerals (and related religious functions and other priesthoods and funeral events) and all kinds of religious ceremonies; as well as attendance of persons for private prayer in all places of religious worship (all kinds and all legal, normal and generally religious regimes of churches and chapels, houses, churches, synagogues, etc.) of each denomination and religion with a ratio of one (1) person per 25 sq.m. up to a maximum of fifty

    Archaeological sites, museums, caves

    • Suspension of open (outdoor) and indoor spaces 

    Live shows and audiences, other performing arts

    • Suspension of public attendance
    • Ability to conduct exclusively for the purpose of retransmission (video/live-streaming)

    Cinema screenings

    • Suspension 

    Entertainment venues including banquet venues, bars

    • Suspension 

    Food and Beverage (e.g. restaurants [excluding student restaurants], cafes, internet cafes, canteens, refreshments, canteens, catering)

    • Suspension 
    • Takeaway, delivery and drive-through services are permitted only in the context of the reasons for moving citizens defined herein, without, however, leaving customers in the internal or external area of responsibility of these companies.
    • Suspension shall exclude restaurants, refreshments and cafés operating in hotels, provided that they serve only their residents and provided that measures are taken to avoid overcrowding and that the distances of table seats and hygiene rules set out in Annexes 3 to 6, which form an integral part of this Regulation, are respected. In addition, the following are defined:

    (a) Compulsory use of a mask by staff, as well as by residents while waiting (but not those seated in the table seats).

    (b) Up to six (6) persons per table.

    (c) 50% of the capacity as defined in approx. 2d of para. A of Article 14 of subparagraphs Y1c/G.P./oik.47829/23.3.2017 decision of the Minister of Health (B’ 2161) on the total internal useful area (OE/1.3 sq.m).

    (d) 40% of the capacity as defined in approx. 2d of para. A of Article 14 of subparagraphs Y1c/G.P/oik.47829/23.3.2017 decision of the Minister of Health on the total external useful area (OE/0.70 sq.m).

    (e) Prohibition of live music.

    (f) Prohibition of holding events/meetings/receptions.

    Playgrounds

    • Suspension 

    Transport

    •  Numerical/quantitative restrictions on movements relate to the place/point of departure or internal movement.
    • For air transport, the rules set out in Annex IV, which forms an integral part of this Regulation, shall apply.
    • Operation of public transport at a limited frequency ensuring adequate traffic, especially during working hours, and in any case with a maximum occupancy of 65% (public buses (buses for urban and long-distance buses or bus sa, buses for individual motorists on barren lines, tourist buses and special tourist buses touring open or closed cities), private buses, as well as public transport buses, lifts (cable cars), as well as railways).
    • Up to two (2) passengers plus the driver in public passenger vehicles (TAXI, Special Hire) and private passenger vehicles (E.I.C.) as well as in E.I.C. vehicles driven by L.A. 4093/2012 (A’ 222). The passenger limit may be exceeded only if (a) minor children are on board the vehicle, whose stay at home under the supervision of an adult is impossible or (b) a person in need of assistance from a second passenger to move.
    • Up to three (3) persons plus the driver in double-cab, mixed-use and VAN-type vehicles in circulation in accordance with the decision of the Minister of Transport and Communications (B’ 1548). The passenger limit may be exceeded only if minor children are on board the vehicle, whose stay at home under the supervision of an adult is impossible.
    • Students served by taxi in non-urban areas, for their passage to school, are allowed to move up to four (4) persons, upon presentation of a certificate from the School Principal. The possibility referred to in the preceding subparagraph shall be granted, on presentation of a corresponding certificate, also in the case of teachers in non-urban areas, served either by taxi or by a vehicle of one of the teachers.
    • Exemption from the obligation to use a mask in E.I.C. when only the driver, spouses/symbiotes and relatives of the first and second degree are on board.
    • Occupancy on ships 50% or 55% if they have cabins (compliance with measures to prevent and deal with cases of COVID-19 coronavirus on passenger and passenger ferries operating maritime cabotage, which are posted on the website of the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy (https://www.ynanp.gr/ el/).
    • The operation of passenger service vehicles used for the transport of staff to and from work is allowed only with the presentation of the employer’s certificate and the relevant movement card, from which the vehicle route is derived, and provided that the coverage is not more than fifty percent. One hundred (50%) of the available passenger seats.

    *If a passenger does not wear a mask, he is not allowed to enter the means of transport.

    Gyms

    • Suspension 

    Food shops (e.g. supermarkets, mini markets, bakeries, butchers, fish shops, pastry shops), pharmacies, petrol stations, pet shops, cleaners, tobacco/steam shops

    • Take away service is permitted, by level of epidemiological burden, under the same conditions as is permitted in accordance with point 17 of this table.
    • Pharmacies and petrol stations operate on the schedule in accordance with the special provisions.
    • One (1) person for every 25 sq.m. in the main area of the store (excluding auxiliary spaces, warehouses, offices, parking spaces).
    • Distance of one and a half (1.5) meters between persons.
    • In particular with regard to food shops, a distance of two (2) meters is observed between customers at the time of waiting at the tills.
    • Obligation of food stores to post in a document or digital manner the maximum number of consumers allowed to be in-store.
    • Specific disinfection in wheeled and non-carts/baskets, where available, with the development of a daily disinfection program, which shall be demonstrated to the competent authorities.
    • Optional (extended) opening hours from 7:00 to 20:30, with the exception, as regards food stores, of the operation of delivery services, which is allowed to operate until 1:00.

    Public markets [including organic markets]

    • Mandatory expansion of shopping space or operation of parallel purchases. In the event of a non-technical possibility of expanding the purchasing space or operating parallel markets, fifty per cent (50 per cent) of the total amount of the purchase space will be used by producers/traders.
    • Fifty per cent (50 per cent) the positions of producers/traders with a distance of five (5) meters between benches in each market (main and parallel).
    • Distance of one and a half (1.5) meters between persons

    Retail

    • One (1) person for every 25 sq.m. in the main area of the store (excluding auxiliary spaces, warehouses, offices, parking spaces).
    • Distance of one and a half (1.5) meters between persons.
    • Keep a distance of two (2) meters between customers at the time of waiting at the cashiers.
    • Obligation of businesses to post in a document or digital manner the maximum number of consumers allowed to be in-store.
    • Optional (extended) opening hours from 7:00 to 20:30.

    Hairdressers, personal hygiene services (hair removal, UV and infrared therapy, manicures, pedicures and nail care) etc.

    • Suspension with the exception of:

    (a) The activities of salons, barbershops and beauty salons

    (b) Dietetics

    (c) lye services except exercise

    (d) personal hygiene and body care services

    (e) Shoe polishing services

    and under the following conditions:

    Four (4) persons up to 100 sq.m. and one (1) person for every 25 sq.m. extra.

    Distance of two (2) metres between jobs.

    Customers only come by appointment by telephone or electronic means.

    It is forbidden to wait for customers in the area.

    Companies are required at their daily start-up to complete a list of customer appointments, which is displayed in the audit

    Especially for the services of manicure, pedicure, podology and nail grooming, development of plexiglass-type separator.

    Optional (extended) opening hours from 7:00 to 20:30.

    Conferences/Exhibitions

    • Suspension 

    Cart Races

    • Suspension 

    Zoos and natural habitats

    • Suspension 

    Gambling and betting services

    • Suspension except gambling and betting services, the operation of which is permitted subject to the following conditions:

    (a) Distance of one and a half (1,5) meters between persons

    (b) Keeping a distance of two (2) meters between customers at the time of waiting at the cashier

    Elevators/Escalators

    • If the use of lifts is considered necessary, the completeness in relation to the permitted limit may not exceed ten per cent (10 per cent) of the total number of lifts capacity.
    • In the case of escalators, the use of a lift may only be used for persons with disabilities, the elderly or for catering purposes.

    Ski resorts

    • Suspension 

    Camping sites

    • Suspension 

    Mask

    • Use in all indoor and all outdoor areas. 

    Movements

    The relevant document from the Information Center is needed for the transfer of the employees Ergani System and in case this is not possible, you need the Employee Traffic Certificate which is available at forma.gov.gr. Travel is allowed using SMS (or by completing the exceptional travel form available at forma.gov.gr or by handwritten certificate, according to the model available at forma.gov.gr ONLY for the following reasons:

    1. Move for health reasons (i.e. go to a pharmacy, visit the doctor or go to a hospital or health center, if recommended after contact). In this case an SMS with code 1 needs to be sent.
    2. Go to an in-service supply store for essentials where they cannot be sent on time. In this case an SMS with code 2 needs to be sent
    3. Go to a public service, if it is not possible to provide electronic or telephone service and only for urgent needs, after setting an appointment for which the citizen is informed in writing or electronically and subject to the additional condition of demonstration of such information. As well as going to the bank, as long as the electronic transaction is not possible. In this case an SMS with code 3 needs to be sent.
    4. Go to help people in need, as well as to transport a spouse or first-degree relative to and from their place of work, if necessary, or escort a student to school by a parent or guardian. In these cases (i.e. providing assistance, transferring a spouse or relative to work and accompanying a student), an SMS with code 4 needs to be sent.
    5. Go to a funeral under the conditions laid down by law or for the transition of divorced parents or parents who are separated necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the provisions in force. In this case an SMS with code 5 needs to be sent.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or movement with a pet, individually or in two (2) persons, provided that the necessary distance of one and a half (1.5) meters is respected in the latter case. As well as a transition to feed stray animals, if the transition takes place within the municipality of residence of the citizen.  In this case an SMS with code 6 needs to be sent.

    Hyper-local movements between Regional Units are prohibited, except:

    • Health reasons
    • Professional reasons
    • Return to permanent residence
    • Family reunification

    *Please note, everyone entering the country must have a negative PCR test performed up to 72 hours prior their arrival. This applies to travelers on international flights, as well as those entering from land borders. The measures were applied on November 11th 2020.

    It is also mandatory to fill a PLF form and have the QR code for those travelling from abroad, while starting from November 10th 2020, all Greeks traveling abroad should fill out the PLF form at page travel.gov.gr, 24 hours before the trip.

    Gatherings/Public or social events

    • Suspension 

    Public services

    • Operation with the personnel necessary for the provision of the service or the performance of the project in accordance with the relevant provisions.
    • Mandatory protection of officials belonging to risk groups by granting a special leave of absence and providing teleworking where possible.
    • Compulsory teleworking at the maximum possible rate, provided that it is consistent with the nature of the tasks, in addition to officials belonging to an increased risk group.
    • Public service only in urgent cases and mandatory by appointment.
    • Distance of one and a half (1,5) meters to be kept.
    • Meetings of the collective bodies and holding working meetings either by teleconference or at the distance of one and a half (1.5) meters and involving up to seven (7) persons. In the operation of collective bodies carrying out procedures in which an interview is provided, it shall be carried out using electronic means without the physical presence of the interviewer. In this case, the College shall lay down the conditions and conditions necessary to ensure the reliability of the procedure with regard to the identity of the person called and his non-assistance from external factors.

    Hospitals, clinics, dispensaries and diagnostic centers

    • One (1) escort/visitor per patient
    • Limitation* of scheduled surgeries up to 80%.
    • Maintenance of a minimum distance of one and a half (1,5) meters, except for the carrying out of medical operations.
    • *Oncology and emergency services, as well as special hospitals, are excluded from the restrictions.

    Places of worship/religious ceremonies

    • The compulsory use of a mask in accordance with Article 2 shall exclude religious officers and priests solely during the religious ceremony.
    • Execution of functions, worships, priesthoods, mysteries, funerals (and related religious functions and other priesthoods and funeral events) and all kinds of religious ceremonies; as well as attendance of persons for private prayer in all places of religious worship (all kinds and all legal, normal and generally religious regimes of churches and chapels, houses, churches, synagogues, etc.) of each denomination and religion with a ratio of one (1) person per 25 sq.m. up to a maximum of fifty

    Archaeological sites, museums, caves

    • Suspension of open (outdoor) and indoor spaces 

    Live shows and audiences, other performing arts

    • Suspension of public attendance
    • Ability to conduct exclusively for the purpose of retransmission (video/live-streaming)

    Cinema screenings

    • Suspension 

    Entertainment venues including banquet venues, bars

    • Suspension 

    Food and Beverage (e.g. restaurants [excluding student restaurants], cafes, internet cafes, canteens, refreshments, canteens, catering)

    • Suspension 
    • Takeaway, delivery and drive-through services are permitted only in the context of the reasons for moving citizens defined herein, without, however, leaving customers in the internal or external area of responsibility of these companies.
    • Suspension shall exclude restaurants, refreshments and cafés operating in hotels, provided that they serve only their residents and provided that measures are taken to avoid overcrowding and that the distances of table seats and hygiene rules set out in Annexes 3 to 6, which form an integral part of this Regulation, are respected. In addition, the following are defined:

    (a) Compulsory use of a mask by staff, as well as by residents while waiting (but not those seated in the table seats).

    (b) Up to six (6) persons per table.

    (c) 50% of the capacity as defined in approx. 2d of para. A of Article 14 of subparagraphs Y1c/G.P./oik.47829/23.3.2017 decision of the Minister of Health (B’ 2161) on the total internal useful area 

    (d) 40% of the capacity as defined in approx. 2d of para. A of Article 14 of subparagraphs Y1c/G.P/oik.47829/23.3.2017 decision of the Minister of Health on the total external useful area

    (e) Prohibition of live music.

    (f) Prohibition of holding events/meetings/receptions.

    Playgrounds

    • Suspension 

    Transport

    •  Numerical/quantitative restrictions on movements relate to the place/point of departure or internal movement.
    • For air transport, the rules set out in Annex IV, which forms an integral part of this Regulation, shall apply.
    • Operation of public transport at a limited frequency ensuring adequate traffic, especially during working hours, and in any case with a maximum occupancy of 65% (public buses (buses for urban and long-distance buses or bus sa, buses for individual motorists on barren lines, tourist buses and special tourist buses touring open or closed cities), private buses, as well as public transport buses, lifts (cable cars), as well as railways).
    • Up to two (2) passengers plus the driver in public passenger vehicles (TAXI, Special Hire) and private passenger vehicles (E.I.C.) as well as in E.I.C. vehicles driven by L.A. 4093/2012 (A’ 222). The passenger limit may be exceeded only if (a) minor children are on board the vehicle, whose stay at home under the supervision of an adult is impossible or (b) a person in need of assistance from a second passenger to move.
    • Up to three (3) persons plus the driver in double-cab, mixed-use and VAN-type vehicles in circulation in accordance with the decision of the Minister of Transport and Communications (B’ 1548). The passenger limit may be exceeded only if minor children are on board the vehicle, whose stay at home under the supervision of an adult is impossible.
    • Students served by taxi in non-urban areas, for their passage to school, are allowed to move up to four (4) persons, upon presentation of a certificate from the School Principal. The possibility referred to in the preceding subparagraph shall be granted, on presentation of a corresponding certificate, also in the case of teachers in non-urban areas, served either by taxi or by a vehicle of one of the teachers.
    • Exemption from the obligation to use a mask in E.I.C. when only the driver, spouses/housemates and relatives of the first and second degree are on board.
    • Occupancy on ships 50% or 55% if they have cabins (compliance with measures to prevent and deal with cases of COVID-19 coronavirus on passenger and passenger ferries operating maritime cabotage, which are posted on the website of the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy (https://www.ynanp.gr/ el/).
    • The operation of passenger service vehicles used for the transport of staff to and from work is allowed only with the presentation of the employer’s certificate and the relevant movement card, from which the vehicle route is derived, and provided that the coverage is not more than fifty percent. One hundred (50%) of the available passenger seats.

    *If a passenger does not wear a mask, he is not allowed to enter the means of transport.

    Gyms

    • Suspension 

    Food shops (e.g. supermarkets, mini markets, bakeries, butchers, fish shops, pastry shops), pharmacies, petrol stations, pet shops, cleaners, tobacco/steam shops

    • One (1) person for every 25 sq.m. in the main area of the store (excluding auxiliary spaces, warehouses, offices, parking spaces).
    • Distance of one and a half (1.5) meters between persons.
    • In particular with regard to food shops, a distance of two (2) meters is observed between customers at the time of waiting at the tills.
    • Obligation of food stores to post in a document or digital manner the maximum number of consumers allowed to be in-store.
    • Specific disinfection in wheeled and non-carts/baskets, where available, with the development of a daily disinfection program, which shall be demonstrated to the competent authorities.
    • Food stores (supermarket) are prohibited from selling, with the exception of e-commerce as well as click away
    • Optional (extended) opening hours from 7:00 to 17:30 (especially in the Regional Unit of Thessaloniki and on Monday to Friday until 20:30), and with the exception, as regards food stores, of the operation of delivery services, which is allowed to operate in any case until 1:00.
    • The provisions of this Regulation as to the permitted opening hours on the day of Saturday shall also apply to Sundays, in the case of shops whose operation is permitted on that day, except for supermarkets which remain closed, but which may operate solely for the purpose of sending electronic orders.

    Public markets [including organic markets]

    • Mandatory expansion of shopping space or operation of parallel purchases. In the event of a non-technical possibility of expanding the purchasing space or operating parallel markets, fifty per cent (50 per cent) of the total amount of the purchase space will be used by producers/traders.
    • Fifty per cent (50 per cent) the positions of producers/traders with a distance of five (5) meters between benches in each market (main and parallel).
    • Distance of one and a half (1.5) meters between persons
    • Suspension at the weekend (excluding the Regional Unit of Thessaloniki).

    Retail

    • Operation of retail businesses only through the process of remote pre-purchase/pre-selection of goods by electronic or telephone order for off-store pick-up (click away).
    • Exceptionally in areas of this level other than the Regional Units of Thessaloniki and Halkidiki, companies selling shoes, clothing, and bookstores are also allowed to operate in accordance with the process of remotely setting appointments by electronic or telephone means for in-store purchase (click inside).
    • Especially:

    (a) Registration of the order of the appointment by the company and sending to the customer either an electronic receipt of the purchase (prepaid order) or the appointment or message (SMS) bearing the following information: aa) name, address and Tax Registration Number of the company, ab) period of receipt not exceeding two (2) hours in total.

    1. b) Receipt by one (1) person only.
    2. c) Payment only electronically or with POS upon receipt.

    (d) On receipt: (da) keeping a minimum distance of two (2) meters between customers, (d) maximum number of persons waiting: nine (9) persons and (d) maximum stay time at the point of receipt: ten (10) minutes.

    (e) Especially in the case of in-store receipt: Obligation of undertakings to post in a document or digital manner the maximum number of consumers authorized to be in-store.

    Hairdressers, personal hygiene services (hair removal, UV and infrared therapy, manicures, pedicures and nail care) etc.

    • Suspension with the exception of:

    (a) The activities of salons, barbershops and beauty salons/CAR 96.02.

    (b) Dietetics/CAR services 96.04.10.01

    (c) lye services with the exception of exercise/CAR96.04.10.02

    (d) personal hygiene and body care services/CAR 96.04.10.06

    (e) Shoe polishing services/CAR 96.09.19.08

    and under the following conditions:

    Four (4) persons up to 100 sq.m. and one (1) person for every 25 sq.m. extra.

    • Distance of two (2) meters between jobs.
    • Customers only come by appointment by telephone or electronic means.
    • It is forbidden to wait for customers in the area.
    • At their daily start-up, undertakings must complete a list of customer appointments, which is shown to the audit bodies.
    • Especially for the services of manicure, pedicure, podology and nail grooming, development of plexiglass-type separator.
    • Optional (extended) opening hours from 7:00 to 17:30 (especially in the Regional Unit of Thessaloniki and during the days Monday to Friday until 20.30).
    • Especially for the Regional Units of Thessaloniki and Halkidiki suspension during the days Saturday and Sunday. During the same period of suspension for similar services offered by dispensaries and multi-powerful medical centers.

    Conferences/Exhibitions

    • Suspension 

    Cart Races

    • Suspension 

    Zoos and natural habitats

    • Suspension 

    Gambling and betting services

    • Suspension 

    Elevators/Escalators

    • If the use of lifts is considered necessary, the completeness in relation to the permitted limit may not exceed ten per cent (10 per cent) of the total number of lifts capacity.
    • In the case of escalators, the use of a lift may only be used for persons with disabilities, the elderly or for catering purposes.

    Ski resorts

    • Suspension 

    Camping sites

    • Suspension 

    Mask

    • Use in all indoor and all outdoor areas. 

    Movements

    The relevant document from the Information Center is needed for the transfer of the employees Ergani System and in case this is not possible, you need the Employee Traffic Certificate which is available at forma.gov.gr. Travel is allowed using SMS (or by completing the exceptional travel form available at forma.gov.gr or by handwritten certificate, according to the model available at forma.gov.gr ONLY for the following reasons:

    1. Move for health reasons (i.e. go to a pharmacy, visit the doctor or go to a hospital or health centre, if recommended after contact). In this case an SMS with code 1 needs to be sent.
    2. Go to an in-service supply store for essentials where they cannot be sent on time. In this case an SMS with code 2 needs to be sent
    3. Go to a public service, if it is not possible to provide electronic or telephone service and only for urgent needs, after setting an appointment for which the citizen is informed in writing or electronically and subject to the additional condition of demonstration of such information. As well as going to the bank, as long as the electronic transaction is not possible. In this case an SMS with code 3 needs to be sent.
    4. Go to help people in need, as well as to transport a spouse or first-degree relative to and from their place of work, if necessary, or escort a student to school by a parent or guardian. In these cases (i.e. providing assistance, transferring a spouse or relative to work and accompanying a student), an SMS with code 4 needs to be sent.
    5. Go to a funeral under the conditions laid down by law or for the transition of divorced parents or parents who are separated necessary to ensure the communication of parents and children, in accordance with the provisions in force. In this case an SMS with code 5 needs to be sent.
    6. Physical exercise outdoors or movement with a pet, individually or in two (2) persons, provided that the necessary distance of one and a half (1.5) meters is respected in the latter case. As well as a transition to feed stray animals, if the transition takes place within the municipality of residence of the citizen.  In this case an SMS with code 6 needs to be sent.

    Hyper-local movements between Regional Units are prohibited, except:

     

    • Health reasons
    • Professional reasons
    • Return to permanent residence
    • Family reunification

    *Please note, everyone entering the country must have a negative PCR test performed up to 72 hours prior their arrival. This applies to travelers on international flights, as well as those entering from land borders. The measures were applied on November 11th 2020.

    It is also mandatory to fill a PLF form and have the QR code for those travelling from abroad, while starting from November 10th 2020, all Greeks traveling abroad should fill out the PLF form at page travel.gov.gr, 24 hours before the trip.

    Gatherings/Public or social events

    • Suspension 

    Public services

    • Operation with the personnel necessary for the provision of the service or the performance of the project in accordance with the relevant provisions.
    • Mandatory protection of officials belonging to risk groups by granting a special leave of absence and providing teleworking where possible.
    • Compulsory teleworking at the maximum possible rate, provided that it is consistent with the nature of the tasks, in addition to officials belonging to an increased risk group.
    • Public service only in urgent cases and mandatory by appointment.
    • Observe a distance of one and a half (1,5) meters.
    • Meetings of the collective bodies and holding working meetings either by teleconference or at the distance of one and a half (1.5) meters and involving up to seven (7) persons. In the operation of collective bodies carrying out procedures in which an interview is provided, it shall be carried out using electronic means without the physical presence of the interviewer. In this case, the College shall lay down the conditions and conditions necessary to ensure the reliability of the procedure with regard to the identity of the person called and his non-assistance from external factors.

    Hospitals, clinics, dispensaries and diagnostic centers

    • One (1) escort/visitor per patient
    • Limitation* of scheduled surgeries up to 80%.
    • Maintenance of a minimum distance of one and a half (1,5) meters, except for the carrying out of medical operations.
    • *Oncology and emergency services, as well as special hospitals, are excluded from the restrictions.

    Places of worship/religious ceremonies

    • The compulsory use of a mask in accordance with Article 2 shall exclude religious officers and priests solely during the religious ceremony.
    • Execution of functions, worships, priesthoods, mysteries and all kinds of religious ceremonies, exclusively by religious officers and the necessary auxiliary personnel without the presence of other natural persons.
    • In ceremonies of weddings, baptisms, funerals, memorials and related religious services and other priesthoods and burial events, the presence of up to nine (9) persons is permitted

    Archaeological sites, museums, caves

    • Suspension of open (outdoor) and indoor spaces 

    Live shows and audiences, other performing arts

    • Suspension of public attendance
    • Ability to conduct exclusively for the purpose of retransmission (video/live-streaming)

    Cinema screenings

    • Suspension 

    Entertainment venues including banquet venues, bars

    • Suspension 

    Food and Beverage (e.g. restaurants [excluding student restaurants], cafes, internet cafes, canteens, refreshments, canteens, catering)

    • Suspension 
    • Takeaway, delivery and drive-through services are permitted only in the context of the reasons for moving citizens defined herein, without, however, leaving customers in the internal or external area of responsibility of these companies.
    • Suspension shall exclude restaurants, refreshments and cafés operating in hotels, provided that they serve only their residents and provided that measures are taken to avoid overcrowding and that the distances of table seats and hygiene rules set out in Annexes 3 to 6, which form an integral part of this Regulation, are respected. In addition, the following are defined:

    (a) Compulsory use of a mask by staff, as well as by residents while waiting (but not those seated in the table seats).

    (b) Up to six (6) persons per table.

    (c) Fullness of 50% of the capacity as defined in approx. 2d of para. A of Article 14 of subparagraphs Y1c/G.P./oik.47829/23.3.2017 decision of the Minister of Health (B’ 2161) on the total internal useful area

    (d) Fullness of 40% of the capacity as defined in approx. 2d of para. A of Article 14 of subparagraphs Y1c/G.P/oik.47829/23.3.2017 decision of the Minister of Health on the total external useful area 

    (e) Prohibition of live music.

    (f) Prohibition of holding events/meetings/receptions.

    Playgrounds

    • Suspension 

    Transport

    • Operation of public transport at a limited frequency ensuring adequate traffic, especially during working hours, and in any case with a maximum occupancy of 65% (public buses (buses for urban and long-distance buses or bus sa, buses of individual motorists of infertile lines, tourist buses and special tourist buses touring cities of open or closed type), buses for private use, as well as buses of municipal transport, buses of competence of OASA S.A. , fixed-track means of RESPONSIBILITY STASY S.A., lifts (cable cars), as well as railway).
    • Up to two (2) passengers plus the driver in public passenger vehicles (TAXI, Special Hire) and private passenger vehicles (E.I.C.) as well as in E.I.C. vehicles driven by L.A. 4093/2012 (A’ 222). The passenger limit may be exceeded only if (a) minor children are on board the vehicle, whose stay at home under the supervision of an adult is impossible or (b) a person in need of assistance from a second passenger to move.
    • Up to three (3) persons plus the driver in double-cabs, mixed-use and VAN-type vehicles in circulation in accordance with No. 61512/2900/11.12.2002 decision of the Minister of Transport and Communications (B’ 1548). The passenger limit may be exceeded only if minor children are on board the vehicle, whose stay at home under the supervision of an adult is impossible.
    • Students using taxi in non-urban areas, for their passage to school, are allowed to move up to four (4) persons, upon presentation of a certificate from the School Principal. The possibility referred to in the preceding subparagraph shall be granted, on presentation of a corresponding certificate, also in the case of teachers in non-urban areas, served either by taxi or by a vehicle of one of the teachers.
    • Exemption from the obligation to use a mask in E.I.C. when only the driver, spouses/housemates and relatives of the first and second degree are on board.
    • Occupancy on ships 50% or 55% if they have cabins (compliance with measures to prevent and deal with cases of COVID-19 coronavirus on passenger and passenger ferries operating maritime cabotage, which are posted on the website of the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy (https://www.ynanp.gr/ el/).
    • The operation of passenger service vehicles used for the transport of personnel to and from work shall be permitted only by showing an employer’s certificate and a relevant movement note showing the route of the vehicle, and subject to coverage of a maximum of fifty per cent (50 per cent) of the total number of passenger vehicles and available passenger seats.

    *If a passenger does not wear a mask, he is not allowed to enter the means of transport.

    Gyms

    • Suspension 

    Food shops (e.g. supermarkets, mini markets, bakeries, butchers, fish shops, pastry shops), pharmacies, petrol stations, pet shops, cleaners, tobacco/steam shops

     

    • One (1) person for every 25 sq.m. in the main area of the store (excluding auxiliary spaces, warehouses, offices, parking spaces).
    • Distance of one and a half (1.5) meters between persons.
    • In particular with regard to food shops, a distance of two (2) meters is observed between customers at the time of waiting at the tills.
    • Obligation of food stores to post in a document or digital manner the maximum number of consumers allowed to be in-store.
    • Specific disinfection in wheeled and non-carts/baskets, where available, with the development of a daily disinfection program, which shall be demonstrated to the competent authorities.
    • Food stores (supermarket) are prohibited from selling, with the exception of e-commerce as well as click away
    • Optional (extended) opening hours from 7:00 to 17:30 (especially in the Regional Unit of Thessaloniki and on Monday to Friday until 20:30), and with the exception, as regards food stores, of the operation of delivery services, which is allowed to operate in any case until 1:00.
    • The provisions of this Regulation as to the permitted opening hours on the day of Saturday shall also apply to Sundays, in the case of shops whose operation is permitted on that day, except for supermarkets which remain closed, but which may operate solely for the purpose of sending electronic orders.

    Public markets [including organic markets]

    • Mandatory expansion of shopping space or operation of parallel purchases. In the event of a non-technical possibility of expanding the purchasing space or operating parallel markets, fifty per cent (50 per cent) of the total amount of the purchase space will be used by producers/traders.
    • Fifty per cent (50 per cent) the positions of producers/traders with a distance of five (5) meters between benches in each market (main and parallel).
    • Distance of one and a half (1.5) meters between persons
    • Weekend suspension (excluding the Region of Attica) If a passenger does not wear a mask, he is not allowed to enter the means of transport.

    Retail

    • Suspension 
    • Commercial shops may be operated within the airports of Greece, in particular on the zone after the check-in and baggage checkpoint (air side).

     

    Hairdressers, personal hygiene services (hair removal, UV and infrared therapy, manicures, pedicures and nail care) etc.

    • Suspension 
    • Suspension for similar services offered by dispensaries and multi-function medical centers.

    Conferences/Exhibitions

    • Suspension 

    Cart Races

    • Suspension 

    Zoos and natural habitats

    • Suspension 

    Gambling and betting services

    • Suspension 

    Elevators/Escalators

    • If the use of lifts is considered necessary, the completeness in relation to the permitted limit may not exceed ten per cent (10 per cent) of the total number of lifts capacity.
    • In the case of escalators, the use of a lift may only be used for persons with disabilities, the elderly or for catering purposes.

    Ski resorts

    • Suspension 

    Camping sites

    • Suspension 

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