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Greece makes use of mask mandatory also outdoors on ferries and ships

Government spokesman Stelios Petsas announced on Monday morning that the use of mask becomes mandatory also outdoors on ferries and ships. The measure comes following protests for the increase of capacity to 80% and 85% by the shipping Ministry on Sunday.

Petsas tried to justify the new measure saying that “phenomena of crowding without mask were observed in the outdoors spaces of ships,”

The decision was taken following a teleconference chaired by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with health experts.

The measure of mandatory use of masks in outdoors spaces on ferries and ships goes into force on August 4 and is valid until August 18, 2020.

August is the month where the majority of Greeks take their summer vacations.

Shipping Minister Giannis Plakiotakis increased the passengers occupancy from 60%-65% to 80%-85% on Sunday and came under fire as Greece experiences a surge of coronavirus cases.

Speaking to Ant1 TV on Monday morning, Plakiotakis said that that increase in occupancy was necessary due to the tourist season and high demand.

Greece saw a surge of new confirmed cases up to an average of 83 per day in the last three days and imposed new restrictions since August 1, 2020.

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  1. Does this include trip boats?