New restrictions have been imposed in the island of Mykonos.
They were deemed to be indispensable after the 250% surge of new coronavirus cases in the island in the past week.
From Saturday evening, a curfew is in place from 1.00 pm to 06.00 am. There is also a 24-hour ban of music at all cafes, bars and restaurants. The mini lockdown will last until Monday, 26.
Furthermore, in Mykonos, as in all areas of Greece, only vaccinated people are allowed in indoors spaces. Bars, cafes and clubs are allowed to serve only seated customers.
Local authorities and the business community in Mykonos were taken by surprise.
They blame the surge of new Covid-19 cases on illegal parties that take place in private places in different parts of the island and ask for strict penalties.
They also argue that unvaccinated tourists should not have been allowed in Greece, in the first place.
Mykonos hoteliers say there are already trip cancellations and they fear the mini lockdown will hurt local tourism for the entire season.
The government answers it was forced to impose the mini lockdown as protective measures were not applied despite constant patrols and fines.
Currently, more than 20.000 tourists are in Mykonos, the Greek island that is famous for its parties and luxury services.
Many local entrepreneurs admit that it is impossible to safeguard any protection measures and social distancing in the narrow streets of the island, the beach bars, the villas and the boats.
Mykonos residents also say there are no rooms in the quarantine hotels to host tourists with Covid-19. A 18year old tourist that has tested positive for Covid-19 had to spend the night at the local health center.
Apart from Mykonos, new coronavirus cases have increased significantly in other islands too. Paros, Santorini, Ios, Heraklion and Rethymno Crete are carefully watched. The Greek government warns that mini lockdowns might be imposed there too, if the situation worsens.