The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this
- 21 April, 2020
Just as this year's Greek Easter was nothing like the previous ones in our lives, so it looks like our normal summer will be over. Scientists give us a first taste of ... "summer with corona".
Distance measurements even on the beach will need to be observed this summer. Even if the corona virus reduces its destructive expansion during the summer months, it will not leave us carefree even on the beaches. Scientists are preparing us to live with the virus in the coming months and adjust our social behavior accordingly.Corona: With ... measures on the beaches
Towels every 1.5 to 2 meters on organized beaches, safe distancing in our gatherings, constant hand washing and masks when indoors crowded with people, will be our new way of life, even if there is a partial lifting of measures after 27 April.
“Organized beaches, if there is a distance between the customers will be allowed. But only as long as there is distance. It will not be the towel of one next to the towel of the other. We will not see this, at least this summer", says the pathologist/ infectious disease specialist, Professor at the Athens Medical School of EKPA, Nikolaos Sypsas.
More free from restrictions, it seems, will be the ... swimming alone, away from noisy beaches with crowds, according to statements by pathology professor Sotiris Tsiodras, during the established information about the Corona virus:
I think the magic word here is "distance" and security measures, that is, personal measures to protect people and, of course, protect public health. Okay, it's not time for swimming yet. And swimming, of course, in an area that is not crowded, has a very small risk."
And of course, a careless summer ... does not look like the one with the measures proposed by Professor Sypsas for this summer:
"It will be different from all the previous ones we knew, there will be no mass tourism, we have to keep our distance. We must live by looking around us, not approaching other fellow human beings at less than two meters. We must disinfect our hands, we must not touch our face. We should wear masks when entering places where there are people, such as public transport, or shops. So everything will be very different from what we knew until last year, "he said in a keynote address on state television.Corona and tourism ... with precautions!
Scientists are considering the possibility of a controlled entry of tourists into the country under conditions. Travel restrictions will be unavoidable and tourists from countries with high epidemic activity will not be allowed to cross the Greek border, according to Professor Sypsas:
"There will be travel guidelines, which will be constantly reviewed depending on the epidemic in other countries. Also, there will be a high probability that we will ask for test results from people before they enter Greece. This is something we will see in the coming weeks, that is, to see if the tests will be so widely available that we can require tests from all incoming tourists."
The health services will be on high alert, so that infected people and their contacts on tourist islands or in tourist areas can be identified immediately and isolated immediately. "These are the main measures we will take to reduce the spread in the summer," said the EKPA pathology professor.Corona: Withdrawal of measures from 4 May?
As for a more probable date for the lifting of the measures, Mr. Nikos Sypsas sees May 4th. Scientists want to monitor the epidemic for at least two more weeks, he said, and they want it to go downhill.
"We do not want the situation to be reduced to zero, but we want the curve to be steadily declining. So this is the main criterion by which we start talking about lifting the measures. I think a more logical date is 4 May, but that is something we will discuss after 27 April, because let's not forget that until then the measures are in force and we must keep to them."
Following the epidemiological development of other European countries, which have taken measures like us, we will determine our own course of lifting the lockdown, said Sotiris Tsiodras, who revealed that the shops will be opened first:
"I think what concerns us most are measures such as the operation of stores. All this will be done slowly with the maximum protection of people. It is possible that a mask will be used indoors, as most people in Europe are currently using, and that epidemiological data is being closely monitored. "
N. Sypsas: "Until the vaccine is found, our life will go back and forth in quarantines"
The lifting of the measures does not mean that they will not have to be imposed again, if suddenly the epidemiological situation in the country becomes precarious, according to Professor Sypsas:
"The measures will be lifted, but we will closely monitor the epidemic curves and look at this so-called R0 [how many people are infected by 1 person] that everyone has learned. If the R0 remains below 1 [one person infects less than 1 other], as it is now, we will be safe. But if we see that the R0 rises above 1, then the measures - or possibly some measures - may return. There will be rolling measures, that is the truth," he said.
From: https://flashnews.gr/post/422961/korwno ... etoimasoynAlso good to know
: if a hotel guest is found to be infected by Corona, the hotel in which he stays and all its guests will be quarantined for 15 days. This may be followed by another quarantine period, after getting back home.