Greek Police Toughen Up on Violations of Covid Measures



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Greek police made one arrest and recorded over one thousand violations of the mandatory face-mask order, which was imposed recently, on Sunday.

A total of sixteen venues were operating out of hours, and 260 people were found to be in violation of the 12:30 AM to 6 AM curfew on the second day of the new, stricter measures in areas heavily impacted by the virus.

The Greek police made nearly 50,000 checks for violations of the new measures over the weekend. Those who were found not wearing a face mask or breaking curfew were fined 150 euros ($117), and the sixteen venues operating after curfew were hit with a fine of 10,000 euros ($11,809.85).

The majority of the 1,106 face-mask violations were located in Attica, home to the Greek capital city of Athens, where 539 were recorded. Most of the 206 curfew violations were also reported in Attica, where 179 people had to pay the 150 euro ($117) fine.

The measures, which mandate the use of masks in all indoor and outdoor spaces and restrict movement from 12:30 AM to 6 PM, are in place in areas which the Greek health authorities have deemed are heavily impacted by the virus.

Officials hope the new rulings will reduce the rate of coronavirus infections in the country, which recorded a record-breaking 935 cases of the virus on Saturday.