Greece to 'Reopen'

Greece will lift most of its existing lockdown restrictions on Friday 14th May, as it 'reopens' to the world.  The Greek government announced that it would cancel the rule stipulating that all citizens must send an SMS message to be allowed to leave the house for any reason, and lift the current ban on travel between regions.  However, restrictions will still apply to Greeks living on the mainland who wish to travel to the Greek islands, other than Evia and Lefkada.  Greece's current lockdown curfew will be pushed back again to be in effect from 12:30am until 05:00am, from the current 11:00pm.  All retail stores/outlets will resume normal operation as well, with the present 'click-and-collect' and 'click-in-shop' programmes being done away with, with health protocols in place stipulating one customer per 25 Sqm. 

Normal social distancing and other health safety rules, including masking indoors, must still be followed for the present time.  Museums, theatres and cinemas will also open throughout the country on 14th May.  The playing of music, either live or recorded, will still not be allowed in restaurants, tavernas, cafes or bars in May due to recent research showing that customers raise their voices to be heard over loud music, emitting more breath into the atmosphere, therefore endangering others.  Kindergartens will open on Monday 17th May, summer cinemas on Friday 21st May and outdoor cultural venues on Friday 28th May.  From June, weddings and baptisms can take place with a maximum of 100 people. Greece is aiming to vaccinate all island residents, regardless of population, planning to vaccinate all inhabited Greek islands by 25th June in the hope of saving the tourist season.