Greece will lift its outdoor mask requirement as the number of COVID-19 infections has decreased nationwide over the past few weeks.
The new measure will take effect on Saturday, according to an announcement on Wednesday by Health Minister Thanos Plevris.
Greece’s advisory committee of infectious disease experts recommended lifting the requirement and the government accepted, Plevris said.
“But it is highly recommended to wear masks outdoors when there is a lot of crowding,” the minister said.
The move comes after the government had already lifted restrictions that prohibited standing customers at bars and night clubs as well as school excursions.
On Friday, Greek health officials reported 16,060 cases and 56 deaths, bringing the country’s total number of infections and deaths to approximately 2.48 million and 26,092, respectively, since the pandemic started in February 2020.
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