Lockdown in Attica

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced there will be a near-total Coronavirus lockdown throughout the Attica region of Greece.  These extra restrictions will commence from Thursday 11th February and last until Sunday 28th February 2021.  The new measures come after many spikes in the number of infections recently and a worrying rise in hospitalisations in the region.  As part of the new restrictions, all retail establishments and all schools will close once more, with the exception of supermarkets, food stores and pharmacies.  Churches and hair/beauty salons will also be forced to close their doors once again.  All restaurants, tavernas and cafes in Attica will only be allowed to offer delivery sevices, however, there will be no on-line 'click-away' or curbside pick-up service allowed.

Government health officials decided there was no option other than to institute another near-total lockdown due to the substantial transmission rate in Attica, particularly in the centre of Athens.  The historic region of Attica also includes a small part of the Peloponnese peninsula (inc. Galatas and Trizina) and the islands of Salamis, Aegina, Angistri, Poros, Hydra, Spetses and Kythira.

At least three more regions of Greece are close to a near-total lockdown, as data continues to show a rise in Coronavirus infections in these areas.  These are on the island of Evia, the city of Thessaloniki and the city of Patras, Achaia in the Western Peloponnese.

Evia and Achaia are following Attica's fate and entering a near-total lockdown as of Saturday 13th February as health authorities struggle to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.  The area around Thessaloniki will continue to remain under increased moitoring.