ATHENS – It took a while during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Greece will allow open gyms and sports facilities to reopen on May 31, but masks will not be needed for aerobic exercise.
Deputy Minister of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias said strict hygiene measures would otherwise be enforced, although it was not specified which exercises could be performed without masks, such as treadmills but not weightlifting.
The differentiation is made for exercises that are too difficult to do when wearing a mask involves heavy breathing that could be compromised with a face covering.
The ministry said people joining aerobics classes will need to keep a distance of three meters (9.84 feet) from each other without explaining how this might happen in small rooms or with a number of people.
Those who exercise in a gym can wear either two single masks together or a single mask of the KN95 or FFP2 types, depending on the guidelines, although some advice has indicated that two masks make it difficult to breathe during the exercise. exercise.
He also said the percentage of compulsory remote work would be reduced to 25 percent from 50 percent, both in the private and public sector, and reiterated that music is still not allowed in restaurants where only al fresco dining is permitted.