Greece holidays: Tourist hotspots hit with major curfews as coronavirus cases surge

Bars and restaurants across Greece have been slapped with new curfew rules as coronavirus cases begin to grow. Officials have imposed local restrictions on businesses in the holiday hotspot, with a focus on those who tend to draw large crowds.

It is a move that the country hopes will curb the growth of COVID-19.

As of August 16, the nation has seen a rise of 217 new cases and a further two deaths as a result according to Worldometers.

Now, bars, cafes clubs and restaurants have been ordered to close by midnight from August 11 until August 23.

Business owners in the area are reported to be feeling concerned about how the move will impact businesses.

“You can’t take a unilateral decision and shut down the island the following day, at midnight,” bar owner Stavros Grimplas told Sky News.

He added: “Everyone has come (to Mykonos) to eat their food, to entertain themselves, swim in the sea.

“At this moment, we are fooling them. We told them ‘come to Greece’ and Greece has shut down.”

Following the news, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its travel advice page.

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It explains: “Until 23 August food and drink outlets will remain closed from midnight to 7am in the following areas: Crete; East Macedonia and Thrace; Thessaloniki; Halkidiki; Larissa; Corfu; Mykonos; Paros; Antiparos; Santorini; Zakynthos; Kos; Volos; Katerini. This list of areas may be expanded.

“Until 31 August, ban on the operation of restaurants and entertainment venues from midnight until 7am in the morning throughout Attica (which includes Athens), and in Crete, East Macedonia and Thrace. This list of areas may be expanded.”

Greece has been welcoming tourists to visit since June 13.

It was announced by parliament on July 15 that Greece was on the UK’s travel corridor list.

Britons who visit Greece currently do not need to quarantine on their return home to the UK.

However, the Prime Minister has insisted that he will not hesitate to make amendments to the travel corridor list if data proves cases are on the rise.

Boris Johnson said he would be “absolutely ruthless” when considering any changes.

He added: “We can’t be remotely complacent about our own situation.

“Everybody understands that in a pandemic you don’t allow our population to be reinfected or the disease to come back in.

“That is why the quarantine measures are very important and we have to apply them in a very strict way.”

Greece fared relatively well in the early days of the pandemic in comparison with other nations.

To date, the country has recorded a total of 7,075 cases of coronavirus and 228 fatalities as a result.

Holidaymakers jetting off to Greece will have to follow some strict guidelines currently in place.

The main one of these is the requirement to complete a passenger locator form ahead of travel.

This must be done at least 24 hours before departure.

“Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, a 500 Euro fine on arrival or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country,” warns the FCO.

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