Reports Say Greece Will Soon Impose Curfews on Three Islands



 

One of the many delightful restaurants along the Chora of Antiparos (photo by Gabi Ancarola) - Ten things to do in Antiparos.
One of the many delightful restaurants along the Chora of Antiparos. Photo by Gabi Ancarola.

According to reports in Greek media, the country’s Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias will soon announce the imposition of curfews on the islands of Spetses, Paros and Antiparos.

The curfews are meant to contain the further spread of the coronavirus during what now appears to be a second wave of infections throughout the country.

In an interview with SKAI television news early Friday, a member of the committee advising the government on coronavirus measures, said that any new restrictions will essentially tighten those that have already been imposed. Anastasia Kotanidou, a Professor of Intensive Care Pulmonology at the University of Athens, emphasized that this may happen in the near future.

According to the Greek news website, the shortened hours will be much like those imposed on the Greek island of Poros last week, after thirteen infections were detected there.

It is reported that island businesses, including restaurants and bars, will be obligated to shut down at 11 PM and not reopen until 7 AM the following day.

Throughout Greece, it is now mandatory for the public to wear masks at all times, even outdoors if there are crowds, while that regulation was imposed earlier last week on Poros.  All outdoor farmers’ markets, village festivals, and religious processions are banned; this also applies to all concerts and performances if the attendees are typically standing.

The new Poros regulations called for the imposition of a cap of four on the number of diners allowed to sit at the same cafe or restaurant table. This regulation can be expanded to six in the case of close relatives.

It is also expected that the Civil Protection Minister will declare a ban on all public and private gatherings of any type involving more than 50 people, according to the Greek news website iefimerida.gr.