“We are taking additional steps to regain freedom,” announced the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection, Nikos Hardalias, during the standard briefing.
The activities below are restarting:
On May 14 the Museums
On May 21 the summer cinemas are 75% full
On May 28 live shows and outdoor auditions only with seated people
Also on May 17, the conservatories open.
Kindergartens start on May 17th.
It is noted that for all the above activities, strict protection measures will apply, such as the mandatory use of a mask, the thermometry of visitors upon entry, the limited number of people who can be in the specific areas, but also the observance of safety distances.
As far as cultural workers are concerned, all protection measures against Covid are expected to apply, such as the use of a mask and self-tests.
From tomorrow, Saturday, the organized beaches are open again, the percentage of area per customer is reduced, which corresponds to stores over 500 sq.m. in 50 sq.m. per person and added:
Next Monday (10/5) the kindergartens, the primary schools, and the high schools will reopen.
Also, from Monday, the lifelong sections of tutoring centers and foreign language centers related to the conduct of examinations are reopened.
From May 17, the practical and laboratory exercises in IEK and colleges are reopened, while the reopening of the second chance schools and the preparatory program for the certification of graduates of the post-graduate year of the EPAL apprenticeship class is allowed.|
On May 10, the administrative courts will reopen, as well as some proceedings in civil and criminal courts.
Nurseries and kindergartens
“We have not yet seen the effects on the epidemiological burden resulting from mobility at Easter,” said Vana Papaevangelou, Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and member of the Committee of Experts.
“Our main concern is the protection of human lives,” he said, adding: “Nurseries and kindergartens will finally open on May 17.”
“This decision was based on our reservation that all levels should be opened together and so we initially limited ourselves to starting compulsory education. “Also, do not forget that infants and children under the age of 4 do not wear a mask”, he stressed.
Retail SMS remains
The SMS for retail shopping will remain, as -as she said- “it will help the situation”.
“We are worried because we are in a transitional period, the virus is here and circulating among us, we must not send a message of relaxation,” he said.
“Let’s not forget to wear our mask properly, to avoid synchronicity and to go to be vaccinated”, he noted, underlining that “those who are not vaccinated, put their relatives in unnecessary danger”.
“The epidemiological burden is declining, the total number of active cases in the territory is below 20,000, however it remains high and the virus is circulating among us,” said Vana Papaevangelou.
The number of new hospital admissions is declining, with the 7-day average being 391 new admissions per day and the total number of patients admitted to the territory being 4,900.
“Intensive Care Units for covid patients show a consistently high coverage rate, 82% in the territory.
“Most cases are diagnosed in the age group of 20-60 years and 1/4 of the patients in the ICU are in the age group of 35-55 years with the vast majority being undigested,” he pointed out.
Referring to vaccination, she said it offers freedom and is the most important weapon in controlling the pandemic.