Mandatory self-test for all public sector employees from April 26

Mandatory self-test for all public sector employees from April 26

Deputy Health Minister Vassilis Kontozamanis announced on Friday during a coronavirus briefing that all public sector employees who physically go to their place of work, whether indoors or outdoors, will have to conduct weekly self-tests from April 26.

This includes priests, chanters, and other church staff ahead of Greek Orthodox Easter.

The government announced that for the period starting April 26 to May 5 certain groups of employees will be given two free self-tests, instead of the usual one, while teachers will be given self-tests from Easter Thursday onwards.

The deputy minister further announced that from May 10 there will be a gradual increase of public sector employees who will physically return to the workplace, except for high-risk groups that will continue to work remotely.  

Finally, Kontozamanis stated that the transition period prior to mandatory self-test period for private sector employees has been extended to May 2.

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