Greece has imposed a curfew on bars and restaurants in some of the country’s most popular holiday hotspots, after recording a surge coronavirus cases. The country has only had 5,749 cases of coronavirus, at the time of writing, and 213 deaths. However, the cases recorded on Sunday are the highest daily total since the beginning of the year.
The country has gained popularity recently with Britons going abroad on holiday recently after Spain was removed from the UK’s “air bridge” list.
The country is a popular holiday destination that is known for its sun, sea and stunning scenery.
In fact, three million Britons usually visit Greece each year.
But now, Greece is imposing new restrictions to help halt the spread of the virus.
The new rules mean that establishments will have to close from midnight until 7am.
Spokeswoman for the Greek government Aristotelia Peloni said that the new rules will be imposed in Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos and Kos.
The restrictions will be put in place from today until August 23.
The cities of Thessaloniki, Larissa, Volos and Katerini will also have to follow the new measures.
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The Haldiki peninsula, which is also a popular holiday destination, will also be affected by the new restrictions.
Masks in the country are also compulsory in all indoor public areas.
The government has reportedly ruled out a general lockdown.
There are also new restrictions in place for passengers from Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.
Anyone from those countries arriving into Greece from August 17, will be required to provide a negative coronavirus test.
Furthermore, only 750 people will be allowed to enter the country each day from Albania.
Greece remains exempt from the Foreign Office’s advice against all non-essential international travel.
However, countries experiencing sudden high spike of the coronavirus are at risk of being removed from the UK’s “air bridge” list.
It comes as Belgium, Andorra and The Bahamas were removed from the list last week.
Last month, Spain was also removed from the list after recording localised outbreaks in the regions of Catalonia, Navarra and Aragon.
Anyone travelling to Greece from the UK has to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travel.
If travellers fail to fill out this form, they could face a fine of €500 on arrival into the country.
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