Greece is imposing new curfew times for bars and restaurants as coronavirus cases rise

Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 3:06 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 3:06 pm
Greece has introduced new curfew rules for bars and restaurants, after an increase in coronavirus infections (Photo: Shutterstock)
Greece has introduced new curfew rules for bars and restaurants, after an increase in coronavirus infections (Photo: Shutterstock)

Greece has introduced new curfew rules for bars and restaurants, after an increase in coronavirus infections.

Bars and restaurants in popular tourist destinations in the country will now have to close between midnight and 7am.

Late-night curfew

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Greece’s Health minister, Vassilis Kikilias, said on 10 August that the infection curve on the islands was “rising dangerously.”

On 8 August, 203 new infections were recorded. This is the highest number since the start of the pandemic. Another 126 infections were announced on 10 August, by Greece’s public health watchdog.

Officials are blaming the increase in coronavirus cases on overcrowding in bars, clubs and at social events.

In reaction to this, the Greek government has imposed a late-night curfew in popular holiday destinations, including Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos and Kos.

The cities of Thessaloniki, Larissa, Volos and Katerini will also be affected, alongside the Halkidiki peninsula.

The new curfew means that bars and restaurants will have to close from midnight until 7am.

How long will the restrictions be in place?

The restrictions will be in place from Tuesday 11 August until Sunday August 23.

Current FCO travel advice

Those travelling to Greece do not currently need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the UK, but there are still entry requirements in place when visiting the country.

Travel to Greece is subject to entry restrictions:

  • If you travel to Greece, you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travel. Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, a 500 Euro fine on arrival or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country.
  • Every traveller, including children, must have their details included on a PLF. If you’re travelling with others outside of your household, you should all complete your own form. If travelling together as a household, the Greek authorities ask for you to complete one form with all adults and children included.
  • Some airlines may require individual PLFs for every traveller over the age of 18 within the same household. You should check directly with your airline what you will need to show in order to be allowed to board the plane.

It is also mandatory to wear face masks on public transport and in public indoor spaces, including shops, while in Greece.