Throughout the duration of COVID-19 outbreak in the spring of 2020, both Lipsi and Samos islands had zero COVID-19 cases. On the islands, even during the outbreak and the time of lock-down, the Archipelagos team was able to continue parts of their work, respecting all safety measures and government guidelines, and making best use of the safe outdoor areas and activities.
We hope that all locals and visitors will share the responsibility of following all official guidelines and prevention measures and that in doing so,the islands will continue to remain free from Covid-19.
Preventing the spread of infection
In order to minimise potential spread of COVID-19, all incoming team members will initially be hosted in separate accommodation facilities upon arrival at Archipelagos' research base. The duration of this stay will depend on guidelines and recommendations from the Greek and EU Health Organisations. While this is not compulsory, Archipelagos has decided to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of all team members.
Long-term team members who have remained on Lipsi island during the outbreak, are living in a separate accommodation facility. Entry to this accommodation facility is strictly prohibited to any non-residents. In addition, all team members will follow the recommended social distancing guidelines making use of the outdoor working and eating areas, where there is the added benefit of enjoying the sea view and warm temperatures in the small town of Lipsi. Windows will be left open daily to ensure regular ventilation of rooms, this is following Ministry of Health guidelines emphasizing the importance of using natural circulation to ventilate rooms verus the use of air conditioning units that recirculate air . In the case of the more public office and dining areas entry will be restricted to team members only and areas of food preparation will be limited to a select number of staff.
All team members receive regular updates and new instructions by staff, as issued by the National Organization of Public Health.
In case of a Covid-19 incident
In the event that someone is suspected to be infected with COVID-19 , Archipelagos is in direct coordination with the Health Centre of Lipsi and the General Hospitals of Leros and Samos islands, in order to complete all the necessary tests and health procedures. People with suspected cases are moved into a separate accommodation area in quarantine (in a hotel room) where additional health and safety measures are applied. If confirmed, guidance from expert doctors will be followed on a case-by-case basis.
Specific equipment in the case of an infection will include disposable gloves and masks, antiseptics and hand sanitisers, cleaning wipes, aprons, long-sleeved robes and thermometers, as well as any additional equipment suggested by an expert doctor.
A record will be kept of all individuals staying in the quarantine and the individuals who may have had contact with them. Details recorded will include name, nationality, date of arrival and departure and contact details. All details recorded will abide by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and will be kept up to date for the purposes of public health protection.
Health instructions to follow can be found at the links below.
- All you need to know for your arrival in Greece - Welcome to Greece
- Protocol for Arrivals in Greece
- Pre-boarding health declaration questionnaire
- Precautionary Measures
- Public safety advice
- Advice for travellers
- Greece welcomes the world (Update, 15 June 2020)
- When Can I Travel to Greece Again, And Other FAQs
- Useful Links