Due to the increase in detected COVID-19 cases in Greece, new regulations are introduced regarding border crossing and the operation of restaurants and bars. Last Sunday, Greece reported the highest daily number of coronavirus infections with 202 cases. In the context of the number of cases in other countries, this number may seem small, but it should be remembered that so far in Greece, on average, several or a dozen or so people have been reported a day. In recent weeks, however, the number of patients has started to increase rapidly. Most cases of the disease occur especially in Attica and Thessaloniki. Also in Crete, new cases of COVID-19 are now reported almost daily. Fortunately, these are not frightening numbers, but values of 1-3 people a day. Here, too, it must be remembered that during the lockdown, single cases of disease occurred every several days.
The current changes will most affect tourists coming from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. From August 17, they will have to present a negative test result (PCR) for the presence of coronavirus. The survey will have to be performed no earlier than 72 hours before crossing the border. The same requirement will apply to all persons crossing the land borders with Greece, including Greek nationals returning home and persons with a residence permit.
From August 16, the maximum number of people crossing the land border in Kakavia (Albania) is also limited to 750 people a day.
The Greek government also decided to suspend public gatherings, including shows and concerts where the audience is not sitting. The International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki, scheduled for September 5-13, was also canceled.
Further restrictions concern the operating hours of restaurants and bars. Offices on the Chalkidiki Peninsula, East Macedonia and Thrace, and on the islands of Crete, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Antiparos, Zakynthos and Kos will be open from 7am to midnight. These changes will be implemented between August 11 and 23. In the case of premises, regular checks are also carried out to ensure compliance with sanitary requirements. In the event of non-compliance, financial penalties and a temporary ban on activity are imposed. Recently, such punishments were applied in Chania and on Gavdos.