The introduction of a ban on playing music in Greek taverns and restaurants was a very controversial and criticized restriction introduced as part of the fight against the pandemic. Fortunately, as of today, on June 12, this ban has been partially lifted. From now on, the time spent in the outdoor gardens of restaurants and taverns will again be more pleasant to the sounds of music. In addition, from today in these places it will be possible to sit a bit longer, because the hours when it is forbidden to move will change. Until now, it was in force between 0:30 and 5:00, and from today between 1:30 and 5:00. However, yesterday, just before the restrictions were loosened, the Greek police imposed heavy fines on the owners of food outlets, who prolonged the hour of closing the premises or played music.
From June 12, the limits of occupancy of seats during the organization of various entertainment events, such as concerts or theater performances, will also change. This limit will depend on the total number of seats available. For example, with a capacity of up to 1000 places, 75% of the places will be occupied, with a total number of 5000 places in the facility, the maximum occupancy will be at the level of 70%, and with 15,000 places the occupancy limit will be 65% of the places occupied. For even larger events, a fixed maximum number of 10,000 people has been set.
Very good news is the announcement by the Greek authorities that from July 1 the travel ban will be completely lifted, if low epidemiological data allow it. This will allow you to move freely and freely operate the restaurant. Also, from 1 July to 300 people, the limit of guests at weddings and baptisms will also be increased. Currently, there is a very modest limit of 100 guests at this type of event. This is, of course, important information, primarily for the inhabitants of Greece, although by local standards the new limits are certainly too small. July 1 will also bring changes for vaccinated citizens as they will be excluded from compulsory self-testing. At present, such an obligation is imposed on employees of many industries, including catering.
The possibility of organizing events such as fairs will be introduced individually for each region of Greece and will depend on the number of fully vaccinated people living in that region. Regions with more than 50% vaccinated citizens will be allowed to organize such events.