A new landscape in travel is dawning on Monday, May 18, as restrictions on travel between regional units in mainland Greece and travel to and from Crete and Evia cease.
Thus, the state mechanism and citizens are entering the third phase of the lifting of the measures that had been imposed due to the pandemic of corona, with the results expected with great interest, for fear of being reversed.
At the same time, domestic travel by planes, KTEL buses and trains will be allowed, however, they will be carried out under strict health protocols.
As Undersecretary of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias stressed during the briefing by the Ministry of Health, the use of a mask is mandatory on all passenger vehicles (planes, ships, KTEL and trains) for all: passengers and employees, while passengers keep their distance. 1-1.5 meters at the waiting areas and when boarding the vehicles.
At the same time, the use of electronic applications, where they are available, for services such as the issuance and validation of tickets is encouraged.
More specialized measures for air transport
For air transport, in particular, boarding will be done in parts to avoid overcrowding. Where there are boarding bridges, boarding is only possible through the front door and where possible, passengers are transported from the waiting room to the pedestrian aircraft.
According to Mr Hardalias, where a bus is used, the limit of 50% of its capacity is observed and the packages with water, antiseptic and snacks should be placed at the entrance of the aircraft or at the boarding gate so that passengers can receive them without the intervention of a third party.
Immediately upon arrival at the airport, the aircraft will undergo cabin cleaning with an enhanced antiseptic program, before being delivered to continue its flights.
How to travel on buses and trains
For rail transport and intercity KTEL, tourist buses and private buses are allowed to fill seats up to 50% by May 31, when the framework will be reviewed, based on epidemiological data.
Service providers in all areas must:
– Inform passengers about hygiene rules and personal protective measures.
– To provide the staff with the necessary personal protective equipment (mask, gloves, alcohol antiseptic).
– Clean and disinfect areas and passenger contact points and machinery with special materials.
How to travel by ship
Regarding shipping, the rules provide for the following:
– Determining the maximum number of passenger passengers at 50% of the total number of passengers specified in the ship’s safety certificate, or at 55% if cabins are available.
– Thermometry and the completion of a special health status questionnaire before boarding the ship and maintaining it with the care of the shipping company. The questionnaire will also be available on a special website.
– Maintaining a distance of 1.5 meters during boarding, disembarking and in all areas of the ship.
– The use of each cabin by one person, unless it is a family (first-degree relatives), so they can be up to 4 people, or disabled with their companion.
– The use of a mask (fabric is recommended) by passengers and crew members.
– The special arrangement of passengers in air seats (one seat occupied and one seat empty, adjacent, front and rear).
– Thermometry and the submission of a special health declaration, before departure, for the passengers of international ships on the Greek-Italian lines.
– The information of the passengers about the measures with a printed brochure of EODY, as well as informative spots and audio messages.
– Special crew training.
– The application of rules of personal hygiene and protection and the existence of antiseptic stations in various parts of the ship.
– The cleanliness and disinfection of ships.
– Ventilation and air conditioning of ships.
– The management of a suspicious incident (isolation in a special area, disembarkation at the next port which has the necessary capacity for its management, tracking of contacts, etc.)
– The rules of operation of passenger service points (bars, restaurants, dining rooms).
The increase in the fullness of ships is being considered
Yiannis Plakiotakis left open the possibility of revising the number of passengers on ships, in view of the summer, speaking on the show “MEGA Weekend”.
As the Minister of Shipping and Island Policy pointed out, the protocol for the boarding of 50% of passengers on ships concerns the resumption of ferry connections and travel from the mainland to the island country.
“We start with a protocol for 50% of passengers on ships. This does not mean that we will have the same number of passengers throughout the summer. If it is decided that we should go to relax the measures, we will go. We start at 50%, it will not stay like that all summer “he stressed.