ATHENS, July 17 (Reuters) – Greece on Saturday banned music in restaurants and bars and restricted travel to its popular holiday island of Mykonos after an increase in new coronavirus infections there.
Known as the party island of the super-rich, Mykonos is one of Greece’s most popular destinations, attracting over a million visitors each summer, including Hollywood stars, world-famous models and athletes.
Following a “worrying” local outbreak, the civil protection ministry said it was banning music on the island 24 hours a day and would only allow travel between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. to people going to work or coming back, or for health reasons.
The restrictions will be in place until July 26, he said.
Greece depends on tourism for a fifth of its economy and is in desperate need of a strong season this year after a dire 2020 when visitor numbers and revenues plummeted.
The number of infections has increased in Greece in recent weeks, forcing the government to mandate vaccination of healthcare workers and nursing home staff, and to introduce new restrictions across the country, including allowing only clients vaccinated inside restaurants and clubs.
“We call on the residents, visitors and professionals of our beautiful island to strictly follow the measures (…) so that we can quickly control and contain the spread of the virus and Mykonos can return to normal,” said the ministry.
Reporting by Karolina Tagaris; Editing by Christina Fincher
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