New stricter, full lockdown for one week – Aim to open schools on January 11th

Stelios Petsas announced a new strict, complete lockdown for a week.

Specifically, Mr. Petsas announced that the “click away” delivery in the shops, the operation of bookstores, hairdressers, nail care services, KTEO and the hunting and fishing activities stop.

At the same time, the travel ban returns to the strictest hours, from 21:00 at night until 5:00 in the morning, with the sole exception of employees and those in need of medical assistance.

“From tomorrow, Sunday 3 January and 6:00 in the morning, until 6:00 in the morning on Monday 11 January, we stay home again, as the operation of all activities and services that were gradually allowed before Christmas is suspended”, the government spokesman pointed out.

Statement by the Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister and Government Spokesman Stelios Petsas

Happy Birthday and Happy New Year to all and everyone! Thanks to the responsibility of all of us, the epidemiological situation in Greece has improved and today is clearly better than many other European countries. However, the new cases are still high and the pressure on the National Health System continues. Our hospitals continue to treat a large number of patients. Unfortunately, about 2,500 of our fellow human beings spent Christmas in Covid beds, while more than 400 are still in Intensive Care Units. These data require us to remain vigilant, doing everything we can to further reduce the spread of coronavirus in our country. Especially now, that the hope of the vaccine is not a wish or expectation. But reality, in progress. That is why we are “playing defense” with all the measures needed to stop the pandemic. And we go on the counterattack, with the projecty “Freedom” for the vaccination. When it comes to defense, we all know the importance of protecting our lives and the lives of those we love. We also know how difficult and slow recovery is, as opposed to the rapid deterioration that occurs when we relax.

And it is necessary that what we all built together, with effort and sacrifice, over a period of many months, not be torn down by the relaxation of a few days. It is therefore imperative that we do what we can to improve the epidemiological situation in the country. So that we can gradually return to a form of normalcy. And, first of all, to enable our children to return to schools. To this end, we are stepping up our efforts in the critical first week of 2021. From tomorrow, Sunday 3 January and 6:00 am, until 6:00 am on Monday 11 January, we are staying home again, as the operation is suspended all activities and services that were gradually allowed before Christmas.

Specifically, the “click away” delivery in commercial stores, the operation of bookstores, hairdressers, nail care services, KTEO and hunting and fishing activities stop. The travel ban returns to the strictest hours, from 21:00 at night until 5:00 in the morning, with the sole exception of employees and those in need of medical assistance. Our churches will remain closed to the faithful and there will be no sanctification of the waters outdoors on the day of the Epiphany. So from tomorrow, and for a week, we make another effort. It is worth doing so, as a precaution, as we may all have relaxed during the holidays. So we stay home again. To give a big breath to the heroes of the front line who are fighting the coronavirus. To protect our lives, the lives of our neighbors and our own people, all of us. The goal is to reach, safely, on January 11, the best possible epidemiological situation. And so, from January 11, to ring the bell again in all schools in the country. To restore the lifelong educational process. Children to get rid of the psychological burden of this whole period. Let our teachers and professors start again with their job. 

And students of all levels to return safely to their desks. In their natural space. In their second home. Together with teachers and their classmates. We stay home these few days and on January 11 we return to the current situation with our schools open. The further, gradual restart of economic and social activity will be guided by the evolution of epidemiological data. And always, of course, in compliance with the protection measures required by the circumstances. It is up to us to succeed. And we will do it with unity, responsibility and discipline. All together! Happy New Year!

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