By Iqbal Johal
OPAP has resumed its retail operations with the opening of betting shops on 11 May, after the Greek Government lifted certain measures put in place due to the coronavirus.
On 28 April, Greece prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced the relaxing of several lockdown measures, with schools and shops reopening from 11 May, while cafés and restaurants are able to follow on 1 June.
The Greek operator’s 3,750 stores began reopening from 9am on 11 May after being closed since 14 March, while street vendors also resumed the distribution of Hellenic Lotteries’ products.
With social distancing still operating in the country, OPAP will adopt a comprehensive set of prevention measures, including a 1.5 metre gap between individuals and encouraging the use of protective masks.
For stores measuring up to 20 square metres, only four people are permitted at one time, increasing to 12 people for stores more than 100 square metres, and one person for every 10 square metres per floor, in 300-plus metre stores.
OPAP added its Play stores in Greece and retail network in Cyprus will remain suspended, so too will horse acing at Markopoulo Park in Greece.
At the time of writing, there have been 2,700 reported cases of the coronavirus in Greece, with around 150 deaths.