Retail partially reopened today after being shut for most of the winter because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Under the reopening rules, consumers will only be allowed one shopping trip per day, Greece’s Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary General Panagiotis Stamboulidis announced last Thursday.
“We can send only one message a day and one our name and surname. The reply to the second message will be a refusal,” he said.
From Monday April 5, retail opens, and individuals must send an SMS text message to 13033 (option 6) in order to obtain permission.
The presence of one customer per 25 square meters will be allowed in each store, with a maximum of 20 customers.
Shoppers must follow strict social distancing rules while making purchases in person in all retail stores.
Mask wearing is mandatory in all public places.
He also clarified that payment when picking up goods ordered by the ‘click and collect’ method must use cards and not cash.
Shops in malls, department stores and outlets will not be allowed to reopen yet.
Under these strict conditions, Greek City Times photographed Ermou Street, the main shopping pedestrian avenue in Athens, and the historic centre of Monastiraki on the first day of partial retail reopening.