Coronavirus infections are on the rise in Crete, which is the largest Greek island. Therefore, the government introduced additional restrictions in another region – Rethymno. This means that most of the island is subject to sanitary restrictions.
Coronavirus infections increase and restrictions in Crete
The dpa agency said that similar restrictions have been in force for a week in Crete in the regions of Chania and Heraklion and have been extended for another seven days. Only the eastern part of the island is not restricted.
The curfew is from 1 am to 6 am. You can only leave the house in emergencies or if you work night shifts. The purpose of the restrictions is to prevent venues from throwing parties where crowds gather, which in turn contributes to the spread of the coronavirus.
Pandemic and restrictions in Greece
In recent weeks, the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections in Greece has increased significantly. To contain the epidemic, vaccination against COVID-19 has been made compulsory for medical workers and nursing home staff.
From mid-July, access to many indoor places, such as restaurants, bars and cinemas, is only possible with a vaccination certificate or a negative coronavirus test result no earlier than three days ago.
In Greece, where 544,000 people have died since the start of the pandemic. people contracted COVID-19, of which 13,220 died, restrictions are reluctantly introduced. State television indicated that the authorities wanted to protect the tourism sector, which this year has only started to recover from the crisis that hit in 2020.
Crete, next to Rhodes, Corfu and Zakynthos, is one of the most visited Greek islands by tourists. It is also popular among travelers from Poland.
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