Quick update of the latest data and changes in the known situation.
A few days ago, the Greek government decided to close seasonal hotels. In the last hours, however, it was also decided to close the remaining hotels operating throughout the year. From March 23, only one hotel will operate in Crete at each nomos. The Irene hotel was left open in Chania, the Elina hotel will operate in Rethymno, the Summer hotel in Heraklion. As for the Lassithi prefecture, the ministry will make the decision because there were two outlets interested.
Today it was also announced that the closure of all educational institutions and institutions would be extended until April 10. If the epidemic is managed by then, school re-opening in Greece is scheduled for April 27.
Today, a decision was announced to close all public markets in Greece tomorrow, and from Monday new stricter regulations regarding their functioning are to be implemented. In supermarkets, the number of customers in supermarkets will be reduced from Monday. From Saturday, sailing on private boats will also be prohibited.
From today, a mandatory 14-day home quarantine will also be introduced for all those who get to Greece from abroad by air. To date, Greece has only banned arrivals from Italy, Spain and from outside the EU. In recent days, local communities have been concerned about the growing number of foreigners (mainly from England) who own private homes in Greece. After arriving in Greece, they do not take any precautionary measures against the spread of coronavirus.
It is also worth noting that in recent days air traffic has decreased by about 70-80%.
Other restrictions apply to meetings: meetings in a group of more than 10 people are prohibited, including family meetings. Persons who break this ban will be fined up to 1000 euros.
And finally, statistics of cases in Greece today are as follows: total number of cases: 495, including 31 new cases today. So far 10 people have died. Yesterday in Crete, another patient was diagnosed.