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Covid-19 Curfew Imposed in Heraklion, Crete

Meidani Street in Heraklion, Crete. Photo source: Visit Greece / Y. Skoulas

The General Secretariat for Civil Protection on Tuesday announced that an overnight curfew and a music ban will be imposed in Heraklion, Crete, as extra precautionary measures to curb the further spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Heraklion has been moved to “red” (level 4) status on Greece’s Covid-19 risk-assessment map due to a spike in cases, the General Secretariat said in an announcement.

The five-hour overnight curfew will be from 1am to 6am (movement is allowed only for work and health reasons) and music will be banned at all beach bars, cafes, restaurants and bars for 24 hours.

The measures will be in force from Wednesday, August 11, until Tuesday, August 17, and then be re-evaluated by the Covid-19 health committee of experts.

Moreover, private gatherings and events with the presence of more than 20 people are banned. Violators that organize private parties will be hit with fines amounting from 50,000 to 200,000 euros.

Heraklion is the fourth Greek destination this summer to see extra precautionary measures against Covid-19. Greek authorities last week imposed the same measures on Zakynthos and Chania. Similar restrictions had been imposed on Mykonos for 10 days in mid-July.

Greece’s color-coded risk-assessment map which can be found here in English.

The country’s health authorities on Tuesday announced 4,181 new coronavirus cases and 19 deaths.

Since the start of the pandemic, the total number of cases in Greece has reached 521,399. The Covid-19 death toll in Greece is 13,118.

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