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.
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.