Greece’s banks have shut, possibly for the full week, and it’s increasingly difficult for the Greek population to get cash.
Greece’s transportation minister, Christos Spirtzis, has announced that buses, trams, trolley-buses, and the Athens metro will not require fares until next week. The Times reports that fares are usually about €1.20 ($US1.33), and the decision will cost the government about €4 million ($US4.44 million) this week.
The decision only covers greater Athens, where about 40% of Greece’s population lives. The government cannot waive fares in its next-largest city, Thessaloniki, because its transportation system is not fully run by the government, according to the Times.
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