It’s the end of face masks for Greece

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The Greek government announced yesterday, that as of Thursday, 24 June, face masks are no longer mandatory in outdoor public spaces.

Deputy Minister for Civil Protection and Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias made the much anticipated announcement at Wednesday's regular live briefing.

The decision comes following a steady decline in the spread of the virus in Greece a point raised during the briefing by children's infectious diseases specialist and Health Ministry coronavirus committee member Vana Papaevangelou, backed up also by fellow committee member and doctor Gkikas Magiorkinis, who was also present.

Hardalias did however clarify, that wearing a face mask is still required at all indoor public spaces without exception, including public transport.

Hardalias also provided a series of updates concerning the further lifting of restrictions that will take effect on Monday June 28:

- The overnight curfew (01:30-05:30) will end.

- People vaccinated with both doses of a vaccine can attend work and gyms without having to self-test.

- The maximum number of seated customers at outdoor cafes and restaurants goes up to 10 per table from the current 6.

- The maximum number of people at fee-based beaches is set to 120 per 1,000 square meters

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