The latest measure that kicked in on Friday allows only fully vaccinated people to be seated indoors at cafes, restaurants and bars after presenting proof of vaccination and logging on to a government website – a sign of the careful balancing act between keeping the country safe and boosting its economy.
But the increase in cases worries public health officials, who see it as a dangerous combination of both low vaccine counts and the rampant Delta variant.
So far, the country has had 450,000 confirmed cases and around 13,000 deaths. Around 40 percent of the population has received both vaccination doses.
In response, the country's prime minister announced a new mandatory policy earlier this week that healthcare workers in Greece will be suspended if they refuse to get vaccinated.
Staff at nursing homes will be suspended starting August 16 if they fail to book a vaccination appointment, with a similar policy to follow in September for workers at state-run and private hospitals.
Infections in Greece have been increasing since late June, with authorities blaming carelessness at bars and restaurants.
The number of daily infections per 100,000 residents over seven days has risen from 3.5 on June 24 to above 17.
Image credit: Tourists near the Greek parliament in central Athens on July 14, 2021.