Greece, starting Saturday, will begin a two-week test to lift some pandemic restrictions in regions where the number of coronavirus cases was highest, but for the most part, only vaccinated people will be able to enjoy the increased freedom.
The lifting of restrictions – in particular the 1:00 to 6:00 curfew and the ban on music in bars and restaurants – were introduced last month in red zones in much of the north of the country and in parts of its center as a way of fighting … the fourth wave of the virus.
But unvaccinated people who can’t prove they’ve recently recovered from Covid are still not allowed to go to closed places like bars, cafes and restaurants.
The trial is part of a push to give more freedom to people fully vaccinated against the virus and to encourage a large portion of the unvaccinated population to get vaccinated. In another example, unvaccinated workers who need to prove their Covid status must undergo regular coronavirus tests at their own expense.
“The philosophy is not that some people are preferred over others,” Greek Health Minister Thanasis Pleuris said at a press conference on Wednesday. “Measures for the unvaccinated are adequate. Vaccinated people have more freedom. “
Uncertainty about vaccination is relatively high in Greece, where 57 percent of the population is 10.7 people. million people were fully vaccinated, compared with about 63 percent in the European Union as a whole, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control…