The renewed Covid-19 outbreak forced the Greek government to bring back some of the restrictions lifted in early summer.
The restrictions mainly concern bars and restaurants, that are considered “superspreading” sites.
From Thursday 8, bars, clubs and other entertainment venues will only be allowed to serve seated customers.
Restaurants and cafés will have to operate only within the capacity limits dictated by the Civil Protection Service.
Penalties will be severe in case of violation of the rules. Any venue that is found not complying will immediately be shut down for a week and the owner will have to pay a fine of 2.000-5.000 euros
The Greek government is worried that the new outbreak will hurt tourism and the overall economy.
The past weeks, new Covid-19 cases are detected mainly among the younger population. The median age of new cases is 27 years old.
The good news is that neither the number of hospitalized patients nor the number of deaths due to Covid-19 have risen.
But the worrying part is that new Covid-19 cases rapidly increase in the Greek islands.
According to the latest data released by the National Public Health Organization, the island of Mykonos registers the highest number of Covid-19 cases per 100.000 residents. It is followed by Rethymno (in Crete) and the island of Santorini.
It is worth reminding that domestic travel to the Greek islands is only permitted for those that have one of the following
– a vaccination certificate
– a negative PCR test or rapid test result
– a recovery certificate.