Throughout the duration of COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 and until now, Lipsi island 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

information for travelling via ferries

In order to minimise potential spread of SARS-COV-2, 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. When required by
the local authorities, rapid tests, free of charge, will be carried out by the Lipsi Health Center.

Entry to all accommodation facilities is strictly prohibited to non-residents. In addition, all team members follow the recommended social distancing guidelines and make 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 are opened daily to ensure regular ventilation of rooms, following the Ministry of Health guidelines emphasizing the importance of choosing natural circulation to ventilate rooms versus the use of air conditioning units that recirculate air . In the case of the public office and dining areas entry is restricted to team members only and areas of food preparation are 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 of a suspected case of 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 suspicious symptoms, 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.

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