Music banned on Greece’s Mykonos in new COVID-19 limitations

ATHENS, July 17 (Reuters) – Greece banned songs in eating places and bars and imposed a nighttime curfew on its well-liked holiday island of Mykonos on Saturday immediately after a rise in new coronavirus bacterial infections there.

Regarded as the party island of the tremendous-abundant, Mykonos is just one of Greece’s most well known locations, attracting more than a million visitors just about every summer, among the them Hollywood stars, styles and planet-popular athletes.

Subsequent a “worrying” regional outbreak, the Civil Safety Ministry claimed it was banning music on the island all-around the clock, such as in retailers, cafes and seashore bars. It also mentioned it would limit movement amongst 1 a.m to 6 a.m except for these likely to and from work or to hospital.

Greece is dependent on tourism for a fifth of its economy and desperately wants a powerful period this year following a disastrous 2020 when visitor numbers and revenues collapsed.

The number of infections has been increasing in Greece in current weeks, forcing the governing administration to mandate the vaccination of healthcare workers and nursing household personnel, and to introduce new constraints across the state, which include allowing for only vaccinated customers indoors at eating places and golf equipment.

Mykonos’s Mayor Konstantinos Koukas explained imposing actions at the heart of the tourism year was “unfair” and “misguided.”

“Mykonos are unable to be the only island in which tunes is not going to be listened to… the only thing this will realize is that site visitors will go to yet another island,” he wrote on Facebook.

The federal government banned audio in places to eat and bars across the nation in Might to avoid folks having to get near to one particular a different to be listened to, growing the likelihood of transmitting the virus. It lifted that measure when bacterial infections dropped.

“We contact on the citizens, visitors and industry experts on our attractive island to strictly stick to the steps… so that we can immediately control and comprise the spreading of the virus and Mykonos can return to normality,” the ministry reported.

The limitations on Mykonos will be in position till July 26.

Reporting by Karolina Tagaris Editing by Christina Fincher

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