The draw to choose 260 unemployed people to become ‘Covid cops’, helping check that virus measures are being implemented in businesses was completed on Thursday.

Those chosen are expected to receive an e-mail by the end of the day about the service in which they will be placed, the ministry of energy, trade and industry said after the draw process.

The move follows the government decision to buy the temporary services of 260 registered unemployed to strengthen enforcement of coronavirus related protocols and rules.

The decision is for three months, with the possible extension of another three months. Those hired will be paid €1,000 a month for a 40-hour week and will be required to pay social insurance as self-employed.

They will start performing checks “after receiving training regarding the procedure and inspections to be carried out,” the ministry added.

The draw was carried out by using software which assigned each of the participants a random number starting 1 to 5,000 after ruling out those who did not abide by the requirements.

The minimum requirements were to be registered as unemployed with the department of social insurance, to have a high school diploma, speak Greek well, have a clean record and in the case of men to show they have either done their military service or have been legally exempted from doing so.

For the live broadcast of the draw