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Emergency Coronavirus Restrictions Imposed on Mykonos

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People enjoying the view in ”Little Venice” on Mykonos. Credit: Greek Reporter

New, strict measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus will be imposed on the popular Greek island of Mykonos, it was announced on Saturday afternoon.

According to a statement issued by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection of Greece, a nighttime curfew will be in place from Saturday, July 17 until Monday, July 26.

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Specifically, all people on the island, including residents and visitors will be barred from being able to get out of their houses and rooms from 01:00 am until 06:00 am the following morning.

Additionally, music will be banned in every public venue on the island, starting from Saturday, at 18:00 local time.

It is also noted that organized private events, such as parties, are also banned, with fines being exceptionally stiff.

”The administrative fine in case of violation amounts from 50,000 to 200,000 euros,” the Civil Protection of Greece stated.

The announcement of the Civil Protection concludes: ”We call on the residents, visitors and professionals of our beautiful island to faithfully observe the measures, as well as the authorities of the island to immediately activate the information and control mechanisms for their observance so that the spread of the virus on Mykonos can be controlled and limited soon.”

Apart from Mykonos, the situation with the spread of the coronavirus looks really grim in a series of popular tourist destinations in Greece.

On Thursday, the alternate minister of Civil Protection and crisis management, Nikos Hardalias had said that the islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, and Ios are on the ”amber zone” of the country’s warning system, as local clusters of COVID-19 have been getting identified for days.

In addition to these islands, the cities of Rethymno and Heraklion on Crete are also at a critical point, with increased surveillance being necessary to determine whether further steps are going to be taken in the coming days or not.

Italian visitor on Mykonos who tested positive could not find a room

Earlier on Friday, an upsetting incident took place on Mykonos, involving an 18-year old Italian visitor who tested positive for the novel Coronavirus.

The young tourist, who tested positive upon his arrival, should have normally be transferred to a designated quarantined hotel on the island. However, due to the spread of the virus during the last few days there, all beds were occupied.

This led the unfortunate man to a position where he had nowhere to stay to quarantine, as no hotel was able to accept him in its premises.

According to official guidance in Greece, hotels are able to accept clients who have tested positive, provided that they declare it and then quarantine them in the hotel.

However, no owner was willing to accept the young Italian, in fear of a potential cluster of coronavirus cases in their businesses.

Fortunately, and a few hours after local media published the story of the unfortunate tourist, a local man offered assistance and welcomed him in his property, where he can now spend the rest of his quarantine.

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