Masks, local lockdowns loom as COVID-19 infections rise in Greece

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In a meeting that took place on Wednesday at the Maximos Mansion, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis requested that COVID-19 measures be implemented more strictly to prevent any further outbreaks of the disease in Greece.

“The purpose of the meeting is… to review the operation and implementation of the relevant provisions and recommendations that have been made regarding COVID-19,” Mitsotakis told ministers during the meeting.

“We have to send a clear message: That in order to avoid a possible second wave, the measures we have defined as necessary, minimum conditions to ensure public health are being observed.”

Prime Minister Mitsotakis held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss COVID-19 restrictions and their implementation.

The safety of workers’ health, especially in areas of heavy tourism, as well as ensuring that other regions across Greece were also implementing COVID-19 guidelines, was also discussed.

Speaking about Greece’s current coronavirus restriction protocols, Mitsotakis said that “regions and municipalities cannot be out of this case. It does not concern only the central mechanism.”

Regulations, including the mandatory use of a mask and the avoidance of mass public gatherings, were singled out as examples of necessary precautions to be considered in the context of the pandemic during the current tourist season in Greece.

Public transportation and other such amenities are expected to operate under the supervision of the General Secretariat for Commerce, the Consumer Protection of the Ministry of Development and Investment and the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.

While the meeting was being held, health officials from Greece’s National Public Health Organisation reported 27 new cases of COVID-19, four of which were detected at the country’s border crossings.

READ MORE: Greek authorities fear “second wave” of COVID-19 as cases of infected tourists rise.

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