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Restaurants, Cafes in Greece May be Forced to Close Earlier Due to Virus Fears


Greece’s Deputy Development Minister Nikos Papthanasis. Photo:


As a result of an increasing number of coronavirus infections detected around the country, Greece’s Deputy Development Minister Nikos Papathanasis warned on Monday that restaurants and cafes may be instructed to curtail their hours to help prevent the virus’ further spread.

Papathanasis warned in an interview with the private channel Skai television that Greek authorities could impose “regional interventions or lockdowns” if the virus continues to spread — but he did not mention the possibility of a general lockdown like the country experienced in the Spring.

The Deputy Minister did however, state that “there is a possibility of restricting the operation of businesses, for example by closing earlier,” as a way to limit the public’s exposure to the contagion.

New steps were already enforced on Monday regarding limiting of crowds in bars  and clubs around the country. From this point on, patrons are not allowed to loiter around bars or congregate standing together for any period of time.

The Deputy Development Minister chastised listeners, saying “Some people have forgotten that the invisible enemy is not gone. We must remember our individual responsibility that made us an example to follow.”


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