Greece has handled the coronavirus pandemic extremely well with a quick response and measured re-openings of businesses and everyday life. However, they are about to make a huge step this next Monday as Greece welcomes tourists from all over to their shores. Greece has been preparing for this and has been acting to make sure that they can keep infections low.
Greece Fined a Beach Bar €20K and Shut it Down for Violating Rules
With over €4 million in fines issues during the almost two month lockdown in Greece, those €150 fines are nothing compared to the fines levied at businesses that break the rules on overcrowding. Greece wants to make sure it stays safe and this means controlling the amount of people at the beaches around the country and islands.
Rules for beach bars have been strict – visitors could come but there were minimum distances between umbrellas and chairs and people could not go to the bar for drinks. Servers would take orders and deliver only. One beach bar in Mykonos, Alemagou, failed to abide by those rules and there was a large party/gathering and breaking the rules.
The penalty? A lockout for 60 days (which will expire in early August) and a fine of €20,000. This shows that the government is not playing around and that they expect the restaurants, beach bars, etc to enforce the rules to keep the virus counts from going up.
Rules like these have been put in place in order for Greece to open for a summer season at all and the government expects them to be followed. If you plan on visiting Greece this summer, now you know how serious the government is about keeping things healthy.
Greece’s Rules for Beaches
Here is the list of updated rules for the beaches:
- Only two people can be seated under a single umbrella with the exception of families with young children.
- Beach beds should be placed at least 1.5 meters apart from neighbouring umbrella; umbrellas should be placed 4 meters apart.
- Team sports involving close contact are forbidden.
- Beach bars and cafes or mobile units offering food and drink can serve items in a package (and continue to offer take-away services). Dispersed chairs and tables are allowed in café or bar space with customers seated at least 1.5 meters apart.
- Social distancing and hygiene rules apply throughout.
- Beach bars and cafés are not allowed to play music or hold parties and similar events.
- Beach capacity has been set at 40 people per 1,000m2.