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Greece bans swimming, fishing, water-sports to contain coronavirus spread

Greece has banned swimming, fishing and all recreation water sports like canoeing, kayak and windsurfing in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The ban is valid until April 21, 2020 or for as long as lockdown measures apply.

The Ministry of Shipping and Islands Policy reportedly sent on Tuesday, March 31, a circular to all port authorities throughout the country informing about the ban that is in effect retrospective since March 23.

According to the circular banned are and are not subject to exceptions the following activities:

  • swimming
  • fishing from land and underwater fishing (speargun)
  • water-sports (canoeing, kayaking, wind surfing, kite surf, paddleboarding, sailing)

They are banned from 06:00 a.m. March 23, until 06:00 a.m. April 21 or for as long as the citizens’ movement restrictions due to coronavirus apply.

The ban doe snot include professional fishing.

The circular recalls also the Joint Ministerial Decision of March 20, 2020, according to which the traffic of any type of vessels as well as departure of private and professional boats and tourist boats regardless of flag is forbidden for reasons of the public health. for exceptions, necessary documents specified by the Law must be provided.

Note that professional fishing is still allowed as it belongs to logistics supply chain.

PS I don’t know the scientific justification to ban swimming and fishing. Maybe they are afraid that a sneezing swimmer or fisher will transmit the virus to red mullets and sardines.

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5 comments

  1. Unfortunately, because of your last comment and today’s date, some people re thinking this article is an April Fool prank

    • keeptalkinggreece

      we should not report today because it’s April’s Fool? espcially when sources are linked?

  2. Obviously a solitary swimmer or rod-and-line fisherman is not going to spread infection. That, though, is not the point: as the weather moves towards summer, maybe next week, then crowded beaches will be a danger.

  3. What in the word confinement is it that you do not understand?

    • It is isolation from other people that stops the virus from being transmitted. Therefore, every trip to a supermarket or bank or anywhere with people is contributing to the spread of Covid-19. Walking alone in the street, swimming or fishing in isolation are not in any way spreading the disease.

      People (including the police) need to understand that the point is not to obey some irrelevant law but to stop the spread of the virus. This means paying far more attention to social distancing in supermarkets and banks — and especially isolating the staff there from the general public. Greece has a long way to go in dealing with the problem, simply because people are being bureaucratic and stupid about it. The law is not sufficiently well formulated to deal with a contagious infection like Covid-19, and requires everyone to act intelligently. Not much hope, of course.