April 7, 2020

Greek Government Measures in Response to COVID-19


Greece and COVID-19

As of April 6, 2020, Greece recorded a total of 1,755 Coronavirus cases, 79 fatalities, and 269 full recoveries. The country has been in a state of lockdown, with schools closed, the retail high street all but closed, and air travel from and into Greece fully suspended.

On March 18, 2020, the Greek government announced the mandatory suspension of businesses to contain the spread of COVID-19. The mandatory suspension, which will remain in place until April 11 (unless further extended), has affected a wide range of businesses, including various retail shops, hotels and restaurants. Only certain businesses, such as supermarkets, food stores, pharmacies and kiosks have been permitted to remain open.

On the same date, the Greek government banned public gatherings of 10 or more people and banned the entry of citizens of non-EU countries, subject to certain exceptions. On March 23, 2020, the Greek government also instituted a lockdown, requiring individuals to have a valid reason to leave their homes.

To read about the general impact of the crisis on Greece and the Greek financial system, please click here.

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