Greece Shortens Curfew, Allows Music For Outdoor Diners In Latest COVID Relaxation | World news
ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece will shorten the nighttime curfew and allow music for outdoor dining later this week, authorities said on Wednesday, taking another step in lifting restrictions on coronaviruses.
Greece has kept its first wave of the COVID-19 disease under control, but it was forced to impose a second lockdown in November to deal with a resurgence of cases that overwhelmed a healthcare system damaged by a financial crisis. ‘a decade.
Aided by widespread COVID-19 vaccinations and testing for workers, the country has eased some restrictions since May, allowing restaurants to serve food outside after months of lockdown. But he forbade them to play music for fear of causing customers to speak loudly, a potential risk of transmission of the disease.
With cases declining for a third week in a row amid summer temperatures, restaurants will be allowed to play music for those dining out from June 12, Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias said during a regular health briefing.
A curfew between 12:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. will also be shortened by one hour to start at 1:30 a.m. until it is removed in July, as long as epidemiological conditions allow, he added.
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“In the coming weeks, we will gradually leave behind some measures that have been part of our daily lives for some time now,” Hardalias told reporters.
But he warned that the pandemic is not yet over and that health protocols must be followed.
Greece has vaccinated around 23% of its 11 million people so far. It has reported a total of 412,420 infections and 12,346 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
(Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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