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Covid-19 Restrictions Imposed on Greek Island of Poros

Photo source: General Secretariat for Civil Protection

Greek health authorities announced emergency restrictions on Friday for the Saronic island of Poros, some two hours outside Athens, after at least 30 people were found to be positive to the coronavirus (Covid-19).

The decision was announced after an emergency meeting at the Civil Protection ministry based on epidemiological data from the island in an attempt to curb the further spread of the virus.

The localized restriction measures will be in place at least until August 17 and  include:

– closure of all shops from 11pm to 7am

– a ban on all events including parties, outdoor festivals, religious/church gatherings, open-air “laiki” markets

– the prohibition of all forms of public gatherings of more than nine people in public or private spaces

– a limit of four people (six if they are family members) at restaurant or café tables.

It is reminded that masks must be worn at all times according to an announcement earlier this week and failure to do so is penalized with a 150-euro fine.

Authorities will re-assess the situation and measures after August 17.

The finance ministry has announced support measures for the island’s enterprises affected by the decision which can proceed to suspend employee contracts and seek state aid.

Photo source: National Organization for Public Health (EODY)

Meanwhile, the government is considering the introduction of harsher measures particularly ahead of the August 15 holiday next week which marks the largest mass exodus.

According to reports, 20 more regional units across Greece, including Argolida, Achaia, Evros, Ilia, Thesprotia, Ioannina, Kavala, Corfu, Kilkis, Kozani, Corinth, Cyclades, Larissa, Magnesia, Pella, Messinia, Halkidiki and Chania (Crete), are considered high risk and may also have to face lockdowns if the situation deteriorates.

On Thursday, Greece’s National Organization for Public Health (EODY),  reported 153 new coronavirus cases on the back of 124 on Wednesday and 121 on Tuesday indicating a clear increase with half of all incidents in Athens and Thessaloniki.

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  1. Richard Scammell Reply

    What is the latest regarding Kerkira? I am due to go there for a week starting 18th September.

  2. Pamela Rogers Reply

    I think the Greek Travel Pages owes POROS and it’s Municipality a PUBLIC APOLOGY!

    • GTP editing team Reply

      Hello Pamela.

      Thank you for your active participation and inputs.

      GTP Headlines makes every effort to deliver the most accurate reporting as this is provided by government officials, ministries, and relevant tourism and travel bodies and associations. This said, our team of professional journalists has remained dedicated throughout the Covid-19 crisis to deliver the latest information as this is released.

      Regarding the use of the word “lockdown”, if you do a search you will see that it has been used throughout both the Greek and foreign press in the sense that strict restrictions have been imposed on the island to limit the spread of Covid-19.

      However, we agree that perhaps the word “lockdown” can be misinterpreted and for that reason we made a revision to the title.

      Regarding the number of cases found on the island, 13 was in fact the initial number announced. However, according to various sources, including Greek state broadcaster ERT, later in the day the cases reached 30. Also, Poros Mayor himself has referred to 30 cases being found on the island. You can find his public statement on his facebook page.

      Thank you.

  3. Pamela Rogers Reply

    WE are not on lockdown on Poros ISLAND – PLEASE RETRACT THAT WORD IMMEDIATELY!!

  4. Pascale Terlaak Reply

    Change the headline!!!
    Measures are taken that is a total different thing!!

    • Pamela Rogers Reply

      Brava Pascale!

  5. Jane Doe Reply

    The number is 13 new cases rather than 30.

    • Pamela Rogers Reply

      Yes! 13 not 30!

    • GTP editing team Reply

      Τhe number of cases initially announced was 13. However, various sources, including Greek state broadcaster ERT, later in the day announced that the cases had in fact reached 30.
      Poros Mayor himself has referred to 30 cases being found on the island. You can find his public statement on his facebook page.

      Thank you.

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