The new gazette issued ends at least until April 10the measures for the coronavirus and in particular the masks on public transport as well as the rapid tests for unvaccinated workers.

Excluded from the regulation are those who work in hospitals and come into contact with vulnerable groups

According to the Official Gazette, rapid tests and masks remain mandatory:

The unvaccinated medical, paramedical, nursing, administrative and support staff in their structures should carry out two rapid tests at their own expense per week as well as accompanying patients in hospitals.

In hospitals and facilities:

For unvaccinated medical, paramedical, nursing, administrative and support staff returning to the structures, the following measures apply:

  • Mandatory use of a high respiratory protection mask (FFP2 or N95 or KN95)
  • Carrying out a diagnostic test twice (2) times a week using a rapid detection of the antigen of the coronavirus COVID-19 (rapid test) in private diagnostic laboratories, or in private clinics or pharmacies or a private doctor, at their own expense.

In the event that this staff becomes ill with the COVID-19 coronavirus, for the period of validity of the disease certificate, they are required to undergo a diagnostic test once a week using the rapid detection of the COVID-19 coronavirus antigen (rapid test) in private diagnostic laboratories, or in private clinics or pharmacies or to a private doctor, at their own expense.

After the illness certificate expires, the staff in question are required to undergo a diagnostic test.

Detailed mandatory rapid test and mask use in:

  • Carrying out planned (regular) surgeries at a rate determined by the respective health formation (Hospitals, Health Regions, etc.).
  • Patients who come to a public or private health facility for examination are not subject to laboratory testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus.
  • Patients who come to a public or private health structure for an invasive examination or for an examination that may cause an aerosol are subject to a laboratory test (PCR or rapid test) in accordance with par. 3 of article 7. The manner of application of this is specified, respectively, by the Panhellenic Medical Association and the Hellenic Dental Federation.
  • Patients who are admitted-hospitalized in a public or private health facility are subject to mandatory laboratory testing as follows:
  • Patients admitted with a regular ticket (scheduled admission) arrive with a PCR performed up to forty-eight (48) hours before their scheduled admission.
  • Patients who are admitted urgently (emergency admission) are immediately subject to a rapid test and at the same time to a PCR on the first day of their admission-hospitalization.
  • In both of the above cases, the test is repeated with a rapid test every seven (7) days.
  • Patients admitted with a one (1) day ticket for chemotherapy or radiation are subject to repeat laboratory testing [PCR ανά εβδομήντα δύο (72) ώρες ή rapid test ανά σαράντα οκτώ (48) ώρες] for each day they are entered.
  • Excluded from the above obligations are patients who come to a public or private health facility to deal with emergencies.
  • Visitor ban. Exceptionally for psychiatric patients, visitation is allowed with one (1) visitor per patient on the condition that a laboratory test is carried out [PCR εντός εβδομήντα δύο (72) ωρών ή rapid test εντός σαράντα οκτώ (48) ωρών] before the visit.
  • One (1) attendant per patient. Especially for patients who cannot take care of themselves, one (1) attendant is allowed per patient who can be rotated. Exceptionally for pediatric patients up to two (2) companions are allowed.
  • For accompanying patients or hospitalized patients, the following conditions apply:

The fully vaccinated, in accordance with par. 2 of article 7 and those who have been ill in the last six months, in accordance with par. 3 of article 7, accompanying patients are not subject to laboratory control before entering a public or private structure providing primary care services health, including public and private clinics.

Non-vaccinated or non-ill accompanying patients are subject to a laboratory test (PCR or rapid test) within forty-eight (48) hours before entering a public or private primary health care service provision structure, including public and private clinics.

Companions of hospitalized patients, regardless of vaccination or disease status, are subject to laboratory testing [PCR εντός εβδομήντα δύο (72) ωρών ή rapid test εντός σαράντα οκτώ (48) ωρών] before entering any other public or private health structure. The laboratory test (PCR or rapid test) is repeated every three (3) days.

  • In the above cases, the results of laboratory tests are confirmed through the special application Covid Free GR
  • The companions of patients who come to the Emergency Department are excluded from the above obligations.
  • Possibility of taking further measures to prevent spread with the recommendation of the relevant Nosocomial Infections Committee to the management of the hospital or clinic or rehabilitation center.
  • The entry of medical visitors and pharmacists to hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation centers is only allowed for fully vaccinated or sick patients in accordance with par. 2 and 3 of article 7 with the additional condition of the mandatory demonstration of a negative laboratory test certificate for coronavirus COVID-19 (PCR or rapid test), according to par. 3 of article 7, before their visit.

Closed social care structures for the elderly, chronically ill and people with disabilities (PWD)

• Visiting and support services for people with disabilities must adhere to operating rules, requirements and procedures
• Those who provide voluntary work are also included in the capacity of the structures.
• For unvaccinated medical, paramedical, nursing, administrative and support staff returning to all structures

Private, public and municipal closed social care structures, namely:

(a) Elderly Care Facilities
(b) Hospitals for the Chronically Ill
(c) Closed structures of the Social Welfare Centers in which elderly, chronically ill or disabled people are accommodated.
(d) Institutions for the care of the chronically ill
(e) Boarding schools

Employees in health structures and closed social care structures of the public and private sector who are not fully vaccinated or sick and provide work with physical presence inside or outside the facilities of their service are required to carry out a diagnostic check twice (2) a week, with the molecular control method (PCR) or by using the rapid detection of the antigen of the coronavirus COVID-19 (rapid test) in private diagnostic laboratories.