Greece’s Civil Protection decided on Monday afternoon to impose restrictive measures against the spread of the coronavirus in the Prefecture of Chania in western Crete. According to a press release, the decision follows an extraordinary meeting at the Civil Protection Operations Center and it on the new epidemiological data that have emerged in Chania.
The press release notes that the restrictions are imposed “for urgent reasons to address a serious risk to public health and in particular to limit the spread of the effects of COVID-19 disease.
The measures are the following:
– Suspension of any kind of event, such as 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 allowed is a maximum number of 4 people at each table; in case they are first-degree relatives up to 6 are allowed.
- The use of mask is mandatory both outdoors and indoors.
It is reminded that the ban on the operation of all catering facilities ( bars, restaurants etc) is in force from 12 midnight to 07.00 the next morning.
It is noted that in consultation with the Ministry of Finance, affected companies may suspend employment contracts.
The restrictive measures are valid for 7 days, from 06:00 on Tuesday, 25. August 2020 until 06:00 on Tuesday, 1. September 2020, the Civil Protection said in its press release.
During the last week and until August 23, a total of 33 infection cases were detected in Chania.
It is the fourth major tourist destination, after Mykonos, Paros and Antiparos and Halkidiki, where such restrictions are imposed.
Also on Monday, the Civil Protection partially lifted the strict measures on the island of Poros imposed since August 7. However, the island remains under increased epidemiological surveillance and therefore, the catering facilities (bar, restaurants etc) remain closed from midnight until 7 am next morning and social and public gatherings are allowed with up to 50 people.
These last measures are valid from 06:00 on 25. August 2020 until 06:00 on 1. September 2020.
More on coronavirus in Greece here.
Does this mean when you are sunbathing on the beach or around the hotel pool you have to wear facemasks (I understand you have to wear them when walking to beach or shop etc) but whilst actually sunbathing?