COVID-19 certificates removed, sites in Greece return to full capacity

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From Sunday May 1, there will no longer be screening for COVID-19 vaccination certificates or test results for access to indoor and outdoor seating, and venues will return to full capacity .

Immunity certificates or recent negative tests will also not be required at the country’s entry gates as Greece eases pandemic-related travel restrictions ahead of the summer tourist season.

However, wearing a mask indoors, including in shops, museums, hotel lobbies and on public transport, will remain mandatory until at least the end of May.

Fewer self-tests will be required of unvaccinated staff, teachers and higher education students, while students will no longer be required to take self-tests.

COVID-19 restrictions lifted during Greece’s tourist season

Greece introduced draconian measures for unvaccinated citizens prohibiting them from accessing indoor spaces – culture, entertainment venues and gyms included – in October 2021.

Access to retail stores and services, such as banks, was only permitted upon proof of recent negative tests, as was the case for outdoor seating in cafes, restaurants and venues. entertainment. These establishments were among the most affected businesses, and occupancy rates were also in effect.

The current lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, coinciding with that of Greece touristic season, will be reviewed on August 31.

Until the end of August, travelers arriving in Greece will not be required to provide an EU Digital Vaccine Certificate (EUDCC) or other proof of immunity. Airport testing requirements will be waived regardless of vaccination status.

Currently, however, it remains unclear whether COVID-19 certificates will still be required for travel between destinations in Greece, as the announcements only refer to EUDCC being suspended “at the country’s gateways. “.

Counters contacted by Greek Reporter on Sunday morning confirmed that they had not received any official update on the suspension of COVID-19 certificates for travel between Greek destinations and warned that COVID-19 certificates would still be required for all passengers over 5 years old for sea and domestic train travel until further notice.

In a May 1 afternoon announcement, the Civil Aviation Authority clarified that COVID-19 certificates are no longer required for international flights to and from or for domestic flights within Greece.

COVID-19 infections, deaths

Meanwhile, Greece has confirmed 6,497 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, according to Saturday’s update from the National Public Health Organization (EODY).

Of the daily total, reinfections were estimated at 221 and another 35 patients died from COVID-19, bringing the total pandemic casualties in Greece to 29,153. Of these, 95.5% had a underlying medical condition and/or were 70 years of age or older.

A total of 239 patients remained on ventilators in hospitals. Their median age was 71 years and 93.3% had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or over. Of this total, 51.05% were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and 48.95% fully vaccinated.

In the past 24 hours prior to the update, 205 COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospital; this indicates a daily change of +13.89%. The average admission of COVID-19 patients to hospitals over the past seven days was 175.

The median age of new infections was 36 while the median age of those who died was 79.

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