Greece allows indoor restaurants only for COVID vaccinated

Indoor facilities like as restaurants, bars, and theaters will only admit vaccinated and seated-only clients beginning Friday, July 16, and continuing until August 31, Development and Investments Minister AdonisGeorgiadis announced on Tuesday.

Georgiadis made his comments a day after Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis ordered mandatory vaccinations for healthcare practitioners and nursing care workers on Monday, citing a surge in Covid-19 cases and the rapid spread of the Delta variant.

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When the new limitations go into force, Health Minister Vasilis Kikilias warned that unvaccinated health care workers will be suspended without pay. According to him, the first dosage of the Covid vaccination for these personnel would be available on August 16.


The revised guidelines for indoor entertainment and recreational places, which take effect on July 16, are as follows:

*Through August 31, only seated clients will be served. No kind of standing entertainment is permitted.

*Sports activities will be held in vaccinated-only or outdoor locations with an 80 percent capacity. *From July 16 to August 31, all indoor entertainment and recreational venues will operate only for vaccinated customers at 85 percent capacity

*outdoor business owners can choose whether they want to operate for vaccinated only or as a mixed space

*open-air festivals (panegyria) are allowed as seated-only events with social distancing.

*Employers in the private and public sectors have the right to ask if an employee has been vaccinated.

*Armed forces members who have been vaccinated will be entitled to five days off.

Furthermore, Georgiadis stated that evidence of immunization is required for entry to indoor places. With a negative self-test result, he noted, only the underage (under 18 years old) will be permitted in interior places.

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