Early May countdown to lifting measures – Regularity will gradually return

Whilst there has been no official announcement the Greek Press are all running various similar scenarios for the journey out of restrictions therefore we have decided to republish two of them, the first from a Greek national paper and the second a provisional timetable from the FB group British in Greece.

It should be noted neither of these are primary data source but both are reliable professional sources. 

It should be further noted islands like Kefalonia who have no ICU units in the hospital may face tighter restrictions and return to normal later than the mainland.

Professor Sotiris Tsiodras in one of his briefings last week likened the lifting of the restrictive measures, which according to the government’s main scenario will start on May 10 and may be completed even in July, with a turnaround road. we have to move sometimes with accelerator, sometimes with brake, sometimes with higher and sometimes with lower speed.

Indeed, the model developed by Maximos Palace in collaboration with experts, not only predicts that the existing restrictions will not be terminated at the same time, but also that their removal will not be “horizontal”, but gradual with criteria such as age or activity. .

In particular, the abolition of traffic restrictions, which is expected to be the starting point for a return to normalcy, will not affect everyone in the first place. In particular, it is being considered to exclude so-called vulnerable groups for some time, including the elderly.

In fact, a formula is being sought to keep their contacts with members of the active population limited, ie with their children and grandchildren, but also to keep the bans on places of mass social coexistence, such as cafes, in force.

Also, the lifting of traffic restrictions in the first stage will concern urban centers, while the movement to the province will be allowed in the second year. At the same time, the “prohibition” on travel will be lifted after mid-June or early July, so that there will be a gradual return to normalcy and the tourism front.

The same philosophy will govern the reopening of commercial stores, restaurants, bars and other business activities. And in this case, depending on the crowding that is expected or will be observed, restrictions will be imposed, as for example happens with supermarkets, which provide for the presence of specific individuals, based on the square meters of the store.

And in this case there will be a time escalation of the lifting of restrictions. The opening of the Malls, for example, will take place in the second year, while the same will apply to the more massive dining areas or nightclubs.

Finally, the classrooms will not reopen at the same time. According to information, only the reopening of the 3rd Lyceum for some repetitive courses and then for the Panhellenic Examinations should be considered a given.

According to the same sources, the lifting of the measures will take place on the basis of the timetable and the model mentioned above, provided that the downward trend in the case curve will continue in the near future. While, at the same time, if there is a new outbreak of the virus, the measures will be immediately tightened again.

This will happen as Prime Minister Kyr. Mitsotakis has consistently said that “the protection of human life is an absolute priority”, while according to public opinion polls, the vast majority of citizens – including believers – are in favor of strict restrictions. to stop the spread of the virus.

In any case, the coronation crisis has had and continues to have enormous social and economic consequences, but it has made a significant contribution to restoring the country’s image abroad. It is a given that effective problem management is a huge advertisement for Greece and Mr. Mitsotakis that can be redeemed multiple times when normalcy returns:

  • First, in terms of tourism, as if the pandemic ends, Greece will gain a large comparative advantage over other markets in the South, but also in Turkey.
  • Secondly, more broadly within the EU, as EU member states do not claim to be tested for their own mistakes, but for a country that has effectively managed a wider crisis.

Advertising campaign

It is noted that, according to information, an inter-advertising campaign of the country is being prepared, in which, however, the well-known image of the sun, the sea and our archeological wealth will not be proposed, but Greece will emerge as a modern state. In addition to its rich cultural heritage, it is evolving, creating a culture, distinguished for its modern well being and its values.

The gains from the “change of page” after the July 7 elections are already reflected in the country’s accession to the EU’s quantitative easing program, as well as in the comments of the entire international press that praise Greece’s performance in its efforts to deal with it. crown. Relevant articles and reports were hosted by Reuters, the Associated Press, Agence France Presse, the New York Times, Politico, Euronews, FAZ, Bloomberg, the Times and Al-Jazeera.

The design for the gradual lifting of measures

In the continuous meetings at the Maximos Palace, reference is made, always based on the medical and scientific data, to the issue of the gradual lifting of the measures, but also with the thought of the next day for the economy. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had clarified from the first moment the epidemic broke out and the Greek government decided to take immediate action, that human life is an absolute priority, but after so many days of lockout in the economy, the financial staff must find ways to stimulate the market. , entrepreneurs, workers and citizens. That is why the gradual lifting of the measures is planned, which will go through various phases.

On the one hand, scientists are expected to decide whether to perform mass tests on the population in order for experts to have a measurable tool for whether the spread of the virus is completely controlled.

Indicative was the report of Ilias Mosialos that “exactly in the phase of partial return we will need more tests so that we can deal directly and effectively with the small local outbreaks of the disease, as was done in its initial phase (eg in the case of Amaliada) . So at this stage we will move forward with the same steps that we initially took, namely tracking and locating contacts. ” He added that “as long as the measures are de-escalated in this correspondingly critical next phase, systematic oversight is crucial so that new outbreaks do not develop and expand.”

At the same time, the issues of personal responsibility of the citizens will remain fully implemented for a long time to come. These include strict hygiene rules, social distance between citizens, isolation while ill and, of course, restrictive measures in areas where the virus is widespread, with many cases, as is now the case in the Roma settlement in Larissa and Xanthi.

However, the government clarifies that all the scenarios are on the table and everything is open, since no one still knows what will happen after two weeks. However, the more respectful the measures are now, the faster the risk will be removed and we will be led to lift the measures.

Possible timescale

27 April lifting of curfew on movement.

27 April-1st May preparation of restaurants, entertainment and general stores.

4-11 May complete lifting of measures on businesses and the self-employed.

11 May return of ‘daktylio’ in Athens and public transport.

Until 15 June controlled entry into shops depending on square metres.

Educational institutions will work through June and July with compacted timetables and on Saturdays.

Athletic events cancelled until August.

Gatherings of over 50 people will be allowed after 15/6.

All concerts and events organised for the summer will be cancelled.

Summer camps under discussion.

Temperature checks on all passengers by plane and boat until 30 September.

Pilot checks on all hotels, businesses and shopping centres until 30 September.


sources – parapolitika.gr & FB group Britsh in Greece

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