The mandatory use of masks for outdoor and many indoor areas is lifted in Greece as of today, 1 June, with the Committee of Experts recommending, however, that citizens – especially those belonging to vulnerable groups – still use them in cases of overcrowding. Moreover, masks are no longer required on some means of transport, such as airplanes, and long-distance travel where seats are numbered, e.g. trains and buses. In addition, workers in the aforementioned sectors are no longer required to wear a mask at work either.
However, masks are still compulsory in hospitals, elderly care facilities and related establishments, as well as on public urban transport such as buses, trains, metro, trolleybuses and trams. “The lifting of the mandatory use of the mask means that the administrative fine will not be imposed, but we still encourage and recommend the use of the mask in all these places and especially by those belonging to vulnerable groups,” said Health Minister Thanos Plevris on the day he announced the removal of the mandatory use of masks in response to the pandemic.