Greece will gradually begin easing Covid-19 restrictions starting next month, but only after the Greek Orthodox Easter, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised address on Wednesday.
According to the government’s roadmap, cafes, bars and restaurants will be able to reopen on May 3, operating outdoor service only.
Primary and secondary schools will follow a week later on May 10, and from May 15, the ban on movement between regions will be lifted to coincide with the official opening of the tourism season.
Earlier this week, Greece lifted quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers and those testing negative from key tourism markets — the European Union, the UK, the US, Israel, Serbia and the UAE. Visitors are subject to current domestic restrictions.
Mitsotakis said that a ban on movement will remain in place during Greek Orthodox Easter observances next week in order to achieve a “safe Easter” and a subsequent “free summer”.
Mitsotakis said that the pandemic situation in the country is stabilizing and reiterated the importance of the vaccine rollout, adding that starting next week people over 30 years old will be eligible to get vaccinated in an effort to speed up the process.
Greece on Wednesday recorded 3,015 cases and 86 new deaths. The country has recorded 323,639 Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, and 9,713 deaths. The number of people in intensive care units remains very high.