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Greece sets curfew for bars in popular destinations

After an alarming surge in confirmed cases of Covid-19, the Greek government on Monday, 10 August, decided to impose a series of new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The measures were decided during a teleconference chaired by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and attended by ministers, and the Covid-19 health committee.
The ban may be extended to other areas, depending on the course of the epidemiological data.

New Measures

  • From August 11 to August 23, all bars and clubs in the following Greek regions and municipalities are not allowed to operate between the hours of 12 midnight and 7am:The regions of Crete,  Eastern Macedonia and Thrace
    The regional units of Thessaloniki, Halkidiki, Larissa and Corfu
    The municipalities of Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Volos, Katerini, Rhodes, Antiparos, Zakynthos and Kos
  • All public events in which participants stand, including concerts and performances, are suspended throughout the country.
  • As of August 17, all travelers from Sweden, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands will be obliged to present a negative molecular test for COVID-19 (conducted no more than 72 hours before travel) to authorities upon arrival.
  • As of August 17, all travelers entering Greece’s land borders – including Greek citizens and those with residence permits – must present a negative molecular test for COVID-19 conducted no more than 72 hours prior. The test must have been performed in the country of origin and not in Greece.
  • As of August 16, only 750 people per day will be allowed to cross the Kakavia border station, Greece’s entry point with Albania.