Greece will make mask-wearing obligatory on the decks of ferries crusing to its islands, extending the requirement past indoor public areas, after a sudden rise in coronavirus infections that would put its essential tourism season in danger.
Greece reported 110 new circumstances on Saturday, its highest single-day enhance in a number of weeks. One other 75 confirmed circumstances had been reported on Sunday.
Final week Greece made mask-wearing obligatory in all indoor public areas and in addition in out of doors areas the place correct social distancing can’t be noticed. The federal government can be contemplating additional curbs.
Pedestrians carrying face masks stroll in Athens, on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Greek authorities launched harder restrictions the final days following a rise in infections.
“Compliance with this measure is essential to keep away from extra drastic measures that would cut back passenger-load limits on ships,” authorities spokesman Stelios Petsas instructed reporters.
The brand new measure will go into impact from Tuesday till Aug. 18, because the summer season vacation season hits its peak.
Greece has thus far confirmed 4,662 COVID-19 circumstances and 208 deaths, a comparatively low quantity in contrast with many European nations, after imposing a lockdown within the spring. However charges have been creeping up after a lull from late Could to late July.
A girl with a face masks walks previous shuttered shops in Athens, on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Greek authorities launched harder restrictions the final days following a rise in infections.
Cyprus stated on Sunday it might introduce obligatory testing for all arrivals from Greece from Aug. 6. The japanese Mediterranean island is regarded as the primary nation to require exams on arrivals from Greece because the lockdown eased.
“It’s a resolution which personally I don’t perceive, I imagine it’s improper or at the very least I don’t know the standards on which it was based mostly,” Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis instructed Parapolitika radio.
“I hope there will probably be some type of communication, some understanding between epidemiologists from each side,” he stated, including that Greece is a protected nation.
Tourism is a key driver of Greece’s economic system which is seen shrinking as much as 10 % this 12 months and is slowly rising from a decade of debt disaster. Greece is a well-liked vacation vacation spot for hundreds of Cypriots.
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