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Greece tightens anti-coronavirus restrictions in Mykonos and Halkidiki

Greece’s Civil Protection decided on Wednesday to impose extraordinary restrictive measures to two major tourist destinations, the island of Mykonos in the Cyclades and the peninsula of Halkidiki, in northern Greece.

In a statement issued Wednesday noon, the Civil Protection said that the decision for the restrictive measures was taken after the epidemiological data on Tuesday.

The measures were decided following consultation with the country’s tope epidemiologist, Professor of Infectious Diseases Sotiris Tsiodras and “for urgent reasons reasons of addressing a serious risk to public health and in particular to limit the spread of the effects of COVID-19 disease,” the statement said.

The restrictive measures for the Municipality of Mykonos and Halkidiki prefecture are:

– Suspension of any kind of event such as live parties, trade fairs, religious processions, open markets, etc.

– Prohibition of any kind of gathering of citizens over 9 people for any reason, both in public and in private.

– In dining areas a maximum number of people per table is allowed up to 4 people, unless they are first degree relatives where up to 6 people are allowed.

  • The use of masks is mandatory both outdoors and indoors.

It is reminded that the ban on the operation of all catering facilities (bars, restaurants, clubs, cafes etc) is already in force from 12 midnight until 07.00 the next day.

It is noted that in consultation with the Ministry of Finance,  the affected companies may suspend employment contracts for their employees.

In the areas of Halkidiki and Mykonos, special units of the National Transparency Authority (EAD) and the Greek Police will be deployed to intensify controls for the correct implementation and supervision of the measures in these two areas.

The above mentioned restrictive measures are valid for 10 days from 6:00 a.m. Friday, 21. August 2020 until  6:00 a.m. 31. August 2020, the Civil Protection statement notes.

Short after the measures announcement, residents and visitors on Mykonos and Halkidiki received alert messages on their mobile phones via the emergency number 112.

The restrictions are similar to those imposed on the islands of Paros and Antiparos, also in the Cyclades, last week.

On the daily bulletin on the course of coronavirus in the country, health authorities announced 10 new cases in Cyclades on Tuesday.

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  1. someone disappointed


  2. Dave van de Gevel

    Call me a cynic but I’ll bet the majority of those congregating in large numbers are under 30 years old.
    It’s the indestructible generations that have never experienced, first hand, such a catastrophic disruption of normal life.One may assume that, because of the deadly effects of Covid-19 hitting older people predominantly, young people think they are immune. Wrong! Don’t be so damned selfish!