Greece Imposes Restrictions on Two Tourist Areas to Curb COVID-19 Cases

Greece imposed restrictions on two popular tourist islands in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases, the civil protection agency announced on Aug. 5.

According to a statement issued by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection, the restrictions will take place at the western Greek island of Zakynthos and the city of Chania in Crete starting from 6 a.m. local time on Aug. 6 until Aug. 13.

The restrictions include a nighttime curfew and a ban on music at all entertainment venues, such as clubs, bars, and cafes, to prevent overcrowding.

The nighttime curfew does not apply for medical emergencies and for going to and from work.

The agency will review the restrictions on Aug. 13.

The country’s committee of health experts recommended the move after both areas were raised to Level 4 – Red in the country’s COVID-19 tracking map.

According to government data, COVID-19 cases in Zakynthos increased by 69% while the cases in Chania increased by 54% since last week.

Data from Johns Hopkins University showed that Greece recorded 2,855 new cases and 16 new deaths, bringing the tallies to 503,885 cases and 12,988 deaths.


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