Drones and helicopters will monitor citizens to ensure they are complying to the new lockdown rules announced in Greece by the Prime Minister on Sunday.
The Orwellian–like move was announced on Sunday in the joint press conference by State and Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Citizen Protection Deputy Minister Lefteris Economou, Deputy Health Minister Vassilis Kontozamanis and Deputy Interior Minister Theodoros Livanios.
Citizen Protection Deputy Minister Lefteris Economou said that helicopters and drones would be used in Athens and Thessaloniki to ensure that regulations are observed, and highways and toll stations would come under strict supervision as of 06:00 on Monday. People going through tolls without adequate documentation would be fined 150 euros and obliged to turn around and go home.
“Responsible citizens who recognised the need for restricting social contact will see no other changes except needing to get the document for circulation,” Economou noted.
Warning that the health system will reach a stress point in the next few days, Deputy Health Minister Vassilis Kontozamanis said it was nevertheless “fully prepared, there are enough supplies and equipment, and more are added every day.” He said that personal responsibility and observing the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Organization’s directives was important.
As for municipalities and regions of Greece, they will continue to operate without restricting basic services, said Deputy Interior Minister Theodoros Livanios.