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32,000 to return to work

32,000 more people will go back to work this month within the framework of the gradual return to normality for the economy, Theano Thiopoulou of Phileleftheros reports.

As of May 21, phase two of the easing of lockdown measures begins and SMS movement permission ends allowing citizens to move freely.

Phase two of the easing is scheduled to last until June 8 and based on test results so far there are not expected to be any obstructions to the planned easing of the measures.

In practice, this means that more than 32,000 workers will gradually go back to work, starting with around 5,500 staff at hair and beauty salons and 25,500 staff at restaurants due to restart work this Thursday.

On June 1, betting shops are scheduled to open with 1,337 more staff returning to their posts at 548 businesses.

In particular:

As of May 21

-Reopening of parks, open-air playgrounds, squares, marinas etc but there should be no more than 10 people gathered

-Reopening of catering businesses outside only while adhering to strict protocols by the Health and Labour Ministries

-Reopening of hair salons, barbershops, beauty salons

As of June 1

-Operation and access to organised beaches

-Full operation of ports, except disembarkation of passengers from cruise ships

-Reopening of libraries, museums, archaeological and historical premises

-Reopening of betting shops

-Religious worship resumes at churches, mosques and other religious spaces, given strict adherence to MoH protocols

The first easing of measures took place on May 4, when around 70,000 private sector employees went back to work at 18,000 businesses in the retail and construction sector.

If all goes well with new Coronavirus cases, Phase Three of the lockdown easing will begin on June 9 and is scheduled to last until July 13. It involves the reopening of malls and department stores, airports and airline companies (gradually and under conditions), ports (including servicing cruise ships), restaurant services (indoors and outdoors), hotels, open-air theatres and cinemas, gyms and other.

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