A month has slowly passed since international flights were allowed to the airports in Crete. Although some local residents were concerned that opening up to foreign tourists could lead to a drastic increase in the number of coronavirus cases, the epidemiological situation on the island is quite stable so far. At present, there are 18 people in total in Crete with confirmed COVID-19 infection. The latest case of the coronavirus was found today in one of the passengers of the plane that landed at the airport in Chania.
The very good news is that out of all currently diagnosed cases, only one required hospitalization in a hospital. All other people are currently staying in hotels that have been designated as quarantine facilities. More specifically, the distribution of people with positive coronavirus test results in different regions is as follows:
However, a strange situation took place yesterday in Agios Nikolaos, where a tourist from the Dominican Republic came to a special hotel in quarantine. The lady arbitrarily decided to shorten the time she was to spend in isolation and fled to the hotel where she originally planned to spend the rest of her unlucky vacation. However, the owners of this facility reacted decisively, not allowing her to return to her room and notifying the police of this fact. It can be expected that the rest of the quarantine will be spent under "special" supervision.
We recently informed on our website that in Greece the regulations related to the use of masks have been tightened. From Wednesday, in the case of more public places, the requirement to cover the mouth and nose was introduced. The fact that the authorities take this very seriously is evidenced by the fact that currently, in many places, checks are being carried out to check how these regulations are being complied with. To perform this task, policemen were delegated who used the ticket forms without any scruples.
As reported by the local portal neakriti.gr, inspections were carried out in shops and in public transport. In the Rethymno region, a total of 7 people were fined € 150, of whom 5 were supermarket customers. In the region of Chania, 9 fines have been imposed in the last 24 hours, of which 5 people were customers in shops, while one of the punished persons was a public transport passenger. Inspections in localities in the Heraklion region did not reveal shoppers in stores who would not wear masks. The fines were not avoided by as many as 5 passengers of public transport, who were fined with 150 €. In the Lassithi region, only two offenses by shoppers who were not wearing face masks were revealed.
Unfortunately, there was an incomprehensible confusion with the PLF (Passenger Locator Form), which is available at https://travel.gov.gr . This is a form that must be completed before crossing the Greek border. Most likely, yesterday evening, without the publication of any additional information, this form was updated, suggesting that for family trips, it is enough to fill out a single PLF, which will include personal data of all family members (parents and children).
The fact that this update was most likely a premature action is evidenced by today's announcement from the Greek Embassy in Poland . It contained information confirmed by telephone that until further notice, regardless of the data currently on the form, families must fill in the PLF separately for each person (including children). Nothing else is known at the moment. Any specific questions should be addressed directly to the embassy employees or to the people operating the website: https://travel.gov.gr .