Weekly update– Regular Synopsis of Covid19 related issues impacting Kefalonia life

 Weekly update issued today to cover special travel measures over Greek Easter    





  • The general traffic restriction curfew remain in place until at least 27th April  however the following special measures are now added From Holy Saturday, April 18, at 9 pm, until Easter Monday at 12 midnight.
    • a. The measure of doubling the fine to 300 euros for drivers, removal of licence plates for 60 days and 150 euros fine for passengers is being extended throughout the country  for unnecessary travel.
      b. For the same period, exceptionally moving to provide assistance to people in need, the B4 code will checked by police thoroughly and diligently throughout the country, in relation to the departure point, destination, duration and can be done with up to two people per vehicle. Misuse and persuasive use of case B4, entails a fine of 300 euros, removal of license plates for the driver and a fine of 150 euros to the passenger. 
  • Permitted stores (specifically supermarkets) will be open on Saturday 18th April until 8PM
  • All stores will be closed on Sunday 19th and Monday 20th of April with the exception of bakeries which will open normally on Sunday morning.
  • Barbeques are allowed for people living in the same house as long as they isolated enough not to attract neighbours e.g detached houses, strictly no barbeque’s in public or shared areas or mixing of people from different households.
  • Cemeteries and churches are closed to the public across the Easter period. 
  • The restrictions on what shops can remain open remains unchanged until at least 27 April.
  • The Region of the Ionian Islands (περιφέρεια ιονίων νήσων) [ΠΙΝ] continue to issue daily official reports containing data from hospitals, police and other valid sources, the latest report is here.
  • After Easter but before the end of next week (27th April) the government will update on any extension to the  present restrictions and commence detailing the exit strategy plan. From information so far this will be in many phases commencing with opening the local marketplace in several steps with monitoring gaps to ensure no rise in Covid cases, then reducing travel within restrictions in Greece and finally consideration of how to open the external borders and what controls will be needed until a vaccine has been developed, manufactured and administered.



  • A new 10306 number has been created as a helpline the telephone line of psychosocial has been put into operation by the Ministry of Health and EKPA. The helpline offers a window of dialogue, advice and hope and enables people with mental health issues, such as pathological anxiety, fear, panic, to talk, support and get closer to solving the problem.
  • As part of the effort to organize and systematize the solidarity actions against the pandemic, two new online platforms were created by the Ministry of Interior, in collaboration with KEDE. These are
    • citysolidarity.gov.gr (Specifically, will collect food, medicine, basic necessities, as well as services including creative employment and entertainment activities for citizens).
    • animalSolidarity. gov.gr. (Food and veterinary care services will be provided for stray and dominant animals, whose owners find it difficult to care for them).
  • SMS to 13033 can only be done via phones with Greek SIMS, if you don’t have one use paper forms.
  • Taxisnet is being used for more controls at present, it is better that you have direct access NOT via your accountant only ,so ensure you have the passwords.
  • We should not base our social isolation decisions in Kefalonia on the reported ‘no cases’ we should assume there are cases but they have not been identified yet as testing numbers are low and advice is to self isolate unless you have certain symptoms.
  • If your phone did not get last nights 112 emergency broadcast ensure your software has been updated since December 2019.
  • If you go as a group (couple)  to the supermarket only one of you will be allowed in the store
  • Ensure you have your residence pass with you to assist in proving your not a new arrival who should be self isolating. There have now been reported cases of British being stopped by the police and asked about their recent travel history.
  • The new supermarket hours are 
    • Weekdays: 7.00 am to 9.00pm
    • Saturday:   7.00 am to  8.00pm
    • Closed on Sundays
    • In your local area feeding animals can be done as part of B6 exercise
    • The Exemption Certificate of Movement, case B1 for a doctor’s visit, the certificate also applies to a visit to a veterinarian.
    • two young children can be in a car with a parent (5 passenger car)
    • Movement forms have now been officially issued in English


A live map and details on cases can be found here



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