Greece is the latest European country to go into lockdown in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This has happened in Italy, Spain, and France as well with France having fines up to €135 for breaking the lockdown (in Lebanon, it is one year in prison).
Greece has relatively few cases of coronavirus at a current number of just over 600. There are, at present, 15 people that have died due to the coronavirus. But, the Greek Prime Minister has decided it is imperative to institute a lockdown after many people are ignoring the rules already made. Last week, businesses were closed and people were banned from meeting in groups larger than 10 people.
Also, all cafes and restaurants had to offer delivery/takeaway only or close. However, people were still moving around freely from big cities which really worried people that they could be carrying the virus into villages around the country.
Over 200 arrests have been made of people who violated the orders and kept shops running and the islands no longer permit non-island residents from taking ferries to them. In addition, the public beaches have all been closed and all hotels open for 12 months on a normal basis will be closed for over a month, starting tomorrow (with a couple of exceptions).
The Forms You Need to Be Out During the Lockdown
There are two forms available – one is for employees (to be filled out by the employer) and the other (shown below) for the permissible outings below. I guess I will need to start getting used to filling out a form to go running. 🙂 Alternatively, people can send a text message to 13033 in this way: X (number from the form below -space-name&address)
What Lockdown Will Look Like for Greece
So, they are upping the requirements and now Greece will go into a lockdown from 6am local time tomorrow (March 23). Here is what they mean by this:
- going to work (essential jobs only)
- visiting to doctor
- shopping (only at nearby grocery stores) including for medicines
- leaving home to provide assistance to family members, especially the elderly and children
- going out for exercise – solitary or in pairs
- walking the dog
- people returning to their permanent place of residence are exempt from the measure as they travel.
Everyone must carry an ID or passport with them. They also must have a written declaration about their purpose for being out. If they are in violation of the above, they will face a €150 fine. This is much higher than France which started with a €38 fine as a first time warning. But, this indicates the Greek government’s seriousness about containing this and not allowing it to get as bad as it is their fellow southern European neighbors (Italy and Spain).
I actually am staying here in northern Greece (in a rental home with just my family) so we have done a final shopping swing to get a bunch of food and necessities (unlike every place in America, it is still very easy to get toilet paper here!). I will be sharing a bit about what it is like with these new measures, which I am glad exclude running from being banned! But, I actually have an activity this week that I am considering doing from inside the lockdown – stay tuned for that!