The new local restrictions include the Greek islands of Zante (otherwise known as Zakynthos), Paros and Antiparos. According to the Foreign Office (FCO) the local restrictions include suspending any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets and more. Other restrictions which have been imposed include prohibiting the operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight until 7am the next day.
There is also a ban on gatherings of more than nine people, both indoors and outdoors.
Eating out may become more tricky for groups of people on the islands too.
In restaurants, tables cannot have more than four people unless the party consists of family members in which case, there is a limit of six people.
Face masks are also mandatory in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Currently, Greece has only had 10,317 cases of coronavirus and 266 deaths.
The figures are low compared to other European countries.
It comes after all passengers on a flight from Zante to Wales have been told to self-isolate after people on board the flight tested positive for coronavirus.
Public Health Wales (PHW) announced yesterday that the number of coronavirus cases on board the TUI flight has risen from seven to 16.
PHW said the 16 confirmed cases of coronavirus were from three different parties who were on the TUI flight 6215 on August 25.
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Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak response at PHW, said: “Seven out of the 16 were infectious at the time of flying.
“As a result, we are advising that all passengers on this flight are considered close contacts and must self-isolate.
“These passengers will be contacted shortly, but meanwhile, they must self-isolate at home as they may become infectious, even without developing symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should book a test without delay.
“Our investigations into a number of cases of coronavirus have indicated that a lack of social distancing, in particular by a minority of the 20-30 year age group, has resulted in the spread of the virus to other groups of people.
“I would make a direct appeal to young people to remember that even if they feel that they would not be badly affected by Covid-19 if they were to test positive for it, if they were to pass it on to older or more vulnerable family members, friends or colleagues it could be extremely serious, even fatal.”
One passenger on the TUI flight, Stephanie Whitfield described her experience onboard.
She told the BBC: “This flight was a debacle.
“The chap next to me had his mask around his neck.
“Not only did the airline not pull him up on it, they gave him a free drink when he said he knew a member of the crew.
“Loads of people were taking their masks off and wandering up and down the aisles to talk to others.
“As soon as the flight landed, a load of people took their masks off immediately.
“The flight was full of selfish ‘covidiots’ and an inept crew who couldn’t care less.”
A TUI spokeswoman has since responded to Ms Whitfield’s claims.
She said: “The health and safety of passengers is always our priority and we are concerned to hear of Mrs Whitfield’s claims.
“Our crew are trained to the highest standards and in line with European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) guidelines.
“Passengers are informed prior to travel and via PA announcements on the flight that they have to wear masks throughout and are not allowed to move around the cabin.
“Masks can only be removed when consuming food and drink.
“A full investigation is now under way as these concerns weren’t reported during the flight or before today.”
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