COVID-free and ‘mixed’ bars: Greece tightens rules against unvaccinated

“I cannot make vaccination mandatory. But everyone is now taking on their responsibilities. The country will not shut down again to protect a few unvaccinated at the expense of the vast majority of the Greek population that is vaccinated,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said. [Shutterstock/astudio]

The Greek government has decided to impose new restrictions to the unvaccinated and ruled out any likelihood of having a new general lockdown because of the rise of COVID-19 cases.

“I cannot make vaccination mandatory. But everyone is now taking on their responsibilities. The country will not shut down again to protect a few unvaccinated at the expense of the vast majority of the Greek population that is vaccinated,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.

The government has already decided that in order to travel to the Greek islands as of 5 July will require a vaccination certificate, a negative PCR test in the last 72 hours or a negative rapid test result in the last 48 hours. The same measure may apply to travel to another continental region as well.

Regarding the hospitality sector, cinemas and theatres, the businesses will be obliged to have special markings on the entrances showing whether they are COVID-free or mixed, meaning whether they accept vaccinated and recovered from COVID-19 customers or if they will also accept those who have not yet been vaccinated with a rapid or PRC test.

Customers will be checked via an application at the entrance that will verify the authenticity of the vaccination or disease certificates and the rapid tests in mixed areas.

COVID-free business will be able to use 85% of their space while the ones that will make the “mixed” option will be able to have 50% occupancy.

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