Today we have several updates related to the planned lifting of pandemic restrictions in Greece. We write about open beaches, restaurants without music and changes to the aviation directive on travel to Greece.
Good news first. With the opening of the country to tourism on May 15, organized beaches will be opened. On the same day, the obligation to send text messages with a special code before each leaving the house is also to be abolished. This news is especially awaited by the inhabitants of Greece, for whom this obligation is particularly onerous.
As we wrote earlier, on May 3, restaurants and cafes will be restored. For now, however, it will be limited to outdoor gardens. Of course, despite lifting some of the restrictions, the restaurants will operate under strict sanitary regime. In addition to observing the increased distances between tables and the limited number of people sitting at the table, new regulations were also introduced regarding the operation of these premises. From May 3, employees will be forced to perform self-tests to detect coronavirus infection. Such self-tests are to be carried out twice a week.
A decision that has received a lot of criticism is the ban on playing music in cafes and restaurants. The ban was introduced on the recommendation of national health experts, who say that playing music forces customers to speak louder. This causes an increase in the airborne saliva droplets in which the virus is transmitted, and therefore increases the risk of infection in those around you.
Additionally, it is worth knowing that from May 3, restaurants operating in hotels will be able to serve not only hotel guests, but on the condition that they operate in an open space. You can find more about restrictions related to gastronomic establishments: here .
The aviation directives, which in their current form are to apply until May 14, have also been changed. The most important difference is that the obligatory PCR test covers children from 5 years of age. Compared to the previous regulations, this means a significant tightening of the requirements, as so far the obligatory test before crossing the Greek border covered children from the age of 12. This decision aroused protests from Greek hoteliers who correctly point out that these requirements will significantly increase the cost of stay for families with children. As a result, a holiday in Greece may become unattainable for many such families. Hoteliers have sent a special letter to the Greek prime minister in this regard, requesting the restoration of previous legislation or the application of rapid tests for children after crossing the border.
However, the obligation to fill in the PLF form before departure does not change. We would also like to remind you that this year, when crossing the border, you will have to show a negative PCR test result up to 72 hours before travel or present a vaccination certificate confirming in English that 14 days have passed since the end of full covid vaccination. People who fail to provide one of these documents qualify for the mandatory 7-day quarantine or 14-day quarantine if they test positive.