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Lockdown in Athens – Coronavirus

posted Mar 24, 2020, 5:33 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 5:40 AM ]

Greece announced a lockdown on Sunday, March 22nd, restricting movement and transportation from March 23rd at 06:00 am until April 6th, 2020, with only a few exceptions, to combat the spread of coronavirus.

“It is maybe the last step, one that must be taken promptly and not in vain,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised address. “We have to protect the common good, our health.”

All citizens and residents must stay at home, or risk a 150-euro fine. There are specific exemptions to the lockdown: going to work, visiting the doctor, shopping, including for medicines, leaving home to provide assistance to family members, especially the elderly and children, going out for exercise – solitary or in pairs – and walking the dog.

Citizens planning to leave the house must issue a certificate indicating the reason for their exodus. They have three options:

  • filling in a special form on the government website,
  • sending an SMS to the number 13033
  • or explaining the reason for outdoor movement in a signed personal declaration that can be written on a simple piece of paper.

If movement and/or transportation is required for work purposes this has to be confirmed by their employer (Type A form).

Individuals must carry their ID or passport at all times with them together with a completed transportation certificate (printed or handwritten) or a confirmation SMS in order to produce it during a routine check.

(Instructions can be found on the official relevant website )