Greece has put in place a series of “partial lockdowns” in some hot spots in the north of the country due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The nation regularly put in place and later lifted such restrictions during the pandemic when numbers started to rise or hospital levels reached worrying levels.
What are the “partial containment” restrictions and how long will they last?
According to the FCDO update, the current restrictions will last until October 8, 2021 at the earliest.
At this stage, the Greek authorities will examine the need for these rules.
FCDO explains: “A partial lockdown is in effect across most of northern Greece, including Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki, Larissa, Kilkis, Kavala, Imathia, Pieria, Pella, Kastoria, Xanthi and Drama until October 8 in less.
“The restrictions include a curfew between 1 and 6 a.m. and a ban on playing music in places of entertainment.
“Check out the latest local guidelines and follow the advice of local authorities. “
He adds: “All restrictions remain regularly reviewed.
“In regional units where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity limited, restrictions may be more stringent or reimposed with limited notice. “
For those traveling to Greece, FCDO notes that it only includes “measures most relevant to travelers”, so people are advised to check their specific destination rules before traveling.
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Is it still safe to visit these areas during “partial containment”?
Although restrictive measures were in place, when such rules were imposed in other regions over the summer months, experts said it was still safe for tourists to visit Greece.
Earlier in the summer, Crete faced a similar “partial foreclosure”.
Around this time, the managing director of Greek tour operator Sunvil, Chris Wright, spoke to Express.co.uk to explain why it is always safe to plan a vacation and share his advice for booking.
Mr Wright stressed that the lockdown measures are far from complete lockdown restrictions and noted: “The ‘lockdown’ is actually a curfew in place from 1:00 am to 6:00 am”.
What other restrictions are in place across Greece?
A number of COVID-19 restrictions remain in place across the country, however, there are regional variations, so it’s important to check your destination’s local rules before traveling.
According to the FCDO: “Proof of vaccination is required to enter indoor public spaces such as restaurants and museums. “
The travel authority says: “You should be prepared to show proof of vaccination when asked.”
Unvaccinated travelers “will not be allowed to play sports or enter stadiums” and “must present a negative rapid test, carried out up to 48 hours before entry, to visit closed public areas such as restaurants , nightclubs, bars, cinemas, theaters, museums, and archaeological sites
You must use a face mask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including workplaces and on public transportation. “
There are currently limited numbers in place for churches and religious services.
Rules are also in place when using transport.
FCDO explains, “Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services.
“Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of three people are allowed to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle that can accommodate up to seven seats, or four people in a private vehicle that can accommodate up to ‘to nine seats. “