A curfew from 00:30 to 05:00 will go into effect as of Saturday night at Greece’s areas currently under a Level-3 alert (increased monitoring) and the highest, Level 4 (increased threat), announced Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during his live televised address to the nation on Thursday evening on the containment of the coronavirus pandemic.

This measure exempts night-shift workers and emergency incidents. Its overall aim is “to see the reduction of gatherings at night minimized, as these favor the virus’ dispersal,” he explained. Partial curfews are already in effect in several European cities and beyond, he noted.

The Greek premier also said that wearing face masks will now become mandatory everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. He called the measure “the cure before the vaccine,” and noted that wearing face masks is already mandatory in all indoor public areas in Greece.

“To put it plainly,” he said, “from now on a mask is required to enter a cafe or restaurant. The mask may be removed only after we are seated. And, of course, the ban on clientele standing only in closed spaces is still in effect.”