What are the measures announced by the Prime Minister to stop the spread of the virus in the territory.
From Tuesday morning and for a month a program comes into force according to which the territory is divided, most, in two zones instead of four: Επιτήρησης και Αυξημένου Κινδύνου. Αυτό ανακοίνωσε στο μήνυμά του προς τους πολίτες ο Πρωθυπουργός Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης, stressing the need to “move precautionarily, with a dynamic plan in November "to avoid a universal lockdown, that would hurt the economy and society.
The Prime Minister stated that the first zone includes all the prefectures that so far had relatively few cases, that is, those who until today are in the "green" and the "yellow". "The known measures will apply there, some of which are expanding. And they are as follows: Use a mask everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Restriction of traffic from 12:00 in the evening until 5:00 in the morning. Teleworking application 50% in the public and private sector. And complete distance learning in universities. No gatherings. And, sure, always distances and personal hygiene ", He said that the Areas of Increased Risk include the areas that are still not only in the "red", but also in "orange", that is, all of Northern Greece but also Attica, from next week.
In the High Risk Zone, the operation of all dining areas is suspended, except for home delivery and pick-up from the store. "The same will apply to entertainment venues, culture and sport: Bar, coffee, cinemas, museums and theaters, as well as indoor gyms. Unlike spring, however, travel outside the prefecture is not prohibited ", added the Prime Minister.
Mr.. Mitsotakis added that compared to the first phase, now the traffic is free, without the need to send messages, that retail stores remain open, production continues smoothly and schools operate normally.
"To put it another way, we are not talking about a total "freezing" of everyday life. Because I will repeat it: A universal lockdown is the last step, that would hurt the economy and society, while mining the next day of the country in many areas ", underlined that the government's plan is accompanied by an emergency program to support workers and companies, to be tested by the new restrictions.
Στις πρώτες του ο Πρωθυπουργός αναφέρθηκε to the earthquake in Samos και μεταξύ άλλων εξέφρασε τα συλλυπητήριά του στις οικογένειες των δύο παιδιών που χάθηκαν.
Είπε επίσης ότι επικοινώνησε με the President of Turkey, which counts many casualties and damage, Emphasizing that at this time the unity of the two peoples is paramount beyond the difficulties in our relations.
The Prime Minister's message in detail:
My fellow citizens,
I intended to contact you yesterday. It manifested, Nevertheless, the earthquake in the Eastern Aegean and my interest immediately turned to Samos. The island endured. But, unfortunately, we lost two children. I express my condolences to their families and a speedy recovery to the injured. My thought, like all of us, is with them, there. The care of the state is there. And in a little while I will be there too.
Turkey counts, also, many casualties and huge losses. I have already contacted President Erdogan. Emphasizing how, beyond the difficulties in our relationships, in these moments the unity of our peoples is paramount. Why, for us, the protection of human life transcends borders and differences. I thank him for the positive response to my phone call.
The same time, however, the great threat that besieges the country and the planet remains the coronavirus. A month ago I had expressed the hope that we would be able to coexist with him, with precautions that will not substantially disrupt economic and social life. Unfortunately, things did not turn out that way.
My message today is what I wanted from the beginning not to have to do. But I am not allowed to close my eyes to the harsh reality. I must put the health and safety of the Greeks again above any other option. This is the debt I owe and this is what I serve.
After a long period of stability, the cases are increasing exponentially in our country as well. And scientists warn that, soon, the new pandemic will shake the resilience of the National Health System. Testing not only patients, but also our doctors and nurses.
Is, Well, the time of political decisions. And I will talk to you about them, wanting to prevent the worst again, already spread across Europe. Just the day before yesterday, after all, at the Extraordinary European Council, we realized how difficult it is to manage the second wave of Covid-19, as everywhere the nightmare has returned fiercer.
As in the spring we managed to repel the virus and in the summer we restarted the economy and tourism, controlling difficulties, so even now we have to move again cautiously. And with a dynamic plan in November to claim a more optimistic December. With, as much as possible, smoother social life and more traffic in the Christmas and holiday market.
Why, actually, in the last quarter we went with only small discounts on our daily habits. And we did it. The data show how, even today, Greece is among the countries with the fewest cases in Europe.
It would be wrong, Nevertheless, to rest on it. Why when the dramatic images of full hospitals, lead us to realize the magnitude of the problem, then it will be too late.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus knows how to go through the cracks of the negligence of a few, undermining the efforts of many. And good weather ceases to be our ally, as soon we will spend more and more time indoors.
That is why we must act now. Now. Before the Intensive Care Units bend under the weight of endangered lives. Now. Where we have the ability to detect and track cases.
Now. We know that when we take quick and targeted action they pay off. Because there are cities that within a few days overcame the danger. While others, who had no problem and were inactive, as a result, currently threatened.
It seems that we failed to tame the complacency from the collective success of the first phase. Nevertheless, the coronavirus war is not over. And so now we are called to another battle.
My fellow citizens,
From Tuesday morning and for a month a program comes into force according to which the territory is divided, most, in two zones instead of four: Επιτήρησης και Αυξημένου Κινδύνου.
The first includes all the prefectures that until now presented relatively few cases, that is, those who until today are in the "green" and the "yellow". The known measures will apply there, some of which are expanding. Και είναι τα εξής:
Use a mask everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Restriction of traffic from 12:00 in the evening until 5:00 in the morning. Teleworking application 50% in the public and private sector. And complete distance learning in universities. No gatherings. And, sure, always distances and personal hygiene.
The Increased Risk zone includes the areas that until today are not only in the "red", but also in "orange". That is, all of Northern Greece but also Attica, from next week.
Especially there, the following are added to the previous settings:
The operation of all dining areas is suspended, except for home delivery and pick-up from the store. The same will apply to entertainment venues, culture and sport: Bar, coffee, cinemas, museums and theaters, as well as indoor gyms. Unlike spring, however, travel outside the prefecture is not prohibited.
In other words, the new rules, which will apply from 6:00 on Tuesday morning, focus on the two outbreaks that, ascertained, favor the transmission of the virus: In the entertainment and mobility of citizens. While maintaining the operation of industry throughout the territory, of retail and schools. And services remain open, such as hotels and hairdressers. Because there the data show that the problem is under control.
This is a necessary adjustment of our defense, as the virus attacks in waves. And we have to adapt in time. Compared to the first phase, now the traffic is free, without the need to send messages. Retail stores remain open, production continues smoothly and schools operate normally.
To put it another way, we are not talking about a total "freezing" of everyday life. Because I will repeat it: A universal lockdown is the last step, that would hurt the economy and society, while mining the next day of the country in many areas.
They are measures similar to those enacted by France and Germany, αφού όμως χτυπήθηκαν, previously, from tens of thousands of cases. And here we apply them earlier, insisting on tackling the virus as fast as we can, always, the initiative of the movements.
Our complete plan for November will be presented in detail by the competent Ministers. And with him, an emergency employee and business support program, to be tested by the new restrictions.
Let me remind you that to this day the state replenishes the fees lost due to the pandemic. Continues to cover the insurance contributions of those who had to work part-time. He suspended almost all debts. And it strengthened the productive fabric of the country with many financial tools.
We will do the same now. The State has taken care to maintain reserves, as this crisis manifests itself on many fronts. And he will stand by those who face problems now. With compensations, loans, exemptions and facilities that will approach 1,5 billion.
Because if life remains a priority, the economy does not cease to be the one that must be kept alive to serve it.
I know that these measures are difficult, especially for those who work in catering, in entertainment and culture. I want you to know that, like last spring, we will be near you. You do, no one will be left unprotected.
And, if the measures work, we will be able to, in early December, to live in a smoother environment. Even more mature and aware.
My fellow citizens,
I close as I started. From the first moment I wanted to avoid this message. They demand it, Nevertheless, the conditions. The words end. And with them I hope the questioning of the real data ends.
Please, Well, to leave scientists out of any controversy. Because if we question their adequacy or, Even worse, we start accusing them of playing political games, then we saw the branch on which we all sit.
If we lose confidence in the experts, we will more easily obey the calls of easy and simplistic slogans. And I'm not just talking about the few "sprayed". But also to those who are justifiably tired of this many months of adventure.
Let the legitimate political criticism be limited, Well, στους πολιτικούς. Moreover, πρώτος εγώ αναλαμβάνω την ευθύνη των αποφάσεών μου. Δεν κρύφτηκα στα δύσκολα, I will not do it now. Now is the time for action by everyone and by each individual.
The State today presents its plan with the aim of staying healthy, until the vaccine marks the dawn of a new one, light reality. That moment must find us standing and united. Ready to overcome this national test as well, as only we Greeks know. We can and we will do it.