Strict containment measures went into effect across the Attica region on Monday amid a worrying spike in coronavirus cases.
The measures include a suspension of all concerts and other cultural events and the closure of indoor cinemas; a cap of nine people for private and public gatherings; a cap of 20 people for weddings, baptisms and funerals; sending 40% of employees in the private and public sector home to work; and staggering arrival hours in the civil service to prevent congestion on mass transportation.
Authorities are also urging individuals aged over 65 years old to limit their outings and interactions with other people to the essential.
There are also plans to quarantine people belonging to vulnerable groups like the homeless and migrants who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus but are asymptomatic. They will be put up in hotels rented for this purpose.
Further, authorities are urging owners and managers of private businesses to observe health protocols in view of the fact that just under a third (29 percent) of cases have been linked to workplaces.
Authorities have said they will conduct rapid testing for Covid-19 at schools, public transportation and hospitals.
The number of cases in Attica exceeded 1,000 last week.
The government has not ruled out a limited lockdown depending on the number of new cases and intubations over the next 20 days.