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The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 21 Apr 2020, 08:59

The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this - 21 April, 2020

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Just as this year's Greek Easter was nothing like the previous ones in our lives, so it looks like our normal summer will be over. Scientists give us a first taste of ... "summer with corona".

Distance measurements even on the beach will need to be observed this summer. Even if the corona virus reduces its destructive expansion during the summer months, it will not leave us carefree even on the beaches. Scientists are preparing us to live with the virus in the coming months and adjust our social behavior accordingly.

Corona: With ... measures on the beaches

Towels every 1.5 to 2 meters on organized beaches, safe distancing in our gatherings, constant hand washing and masks when indoors crowded with people, will be our new way of life, even if there is a partial lifting of measures after 27 April.

“Organized beaches, if there is a distance between the customers will be allowed. But only as long as there is distance. It will not be the towel of one next to the towel of the other. We will not see this, at least this summer", says the pathologist/ infectious disease specialist, Professor at the Athens Medical School of EKPA, Nikolaos Sypsas.

More free from restrictions, it seems, will be the ... swimming alone, away from noisy beaches with crowds, according to statements by pathology professor Sotiris Tsiodras, during the established information about the Corona virus:

I think the magic word here is "distance" and security measures, that is, personal measures to protect people and, of course, protect public health. Okay, it's not time for swimming yet. And swimming, of course, in an area that is not crowded, has a very small risk."

And of course, a careless summer ... does not look like the one with the measures proposed by Professor Sypsas for this summer:

"It will be different from all the previous ones we knew, there will be no mass tourism, we have to keep our distance. We must live by looking around us, not approaching other fellow human beings at less than two meters. We must disinfect our hands, we must not touch our face. We should wear masks when entering places where there are people, such as public transport, or shops. So everything will be very different from what we knew until last year, "he said in a keynote address on state television.

Corona and tourism ... with precautions!

Scientists are considering the possibility of a controlled entry of tourists into the country under conditions. Travel restrictions will be unavoidable and tourists from countries with high epidemic activity will not be allowed to cross the Greek border, according to Professor Sypsas:

"There will be travel guidelines, which will be constantly reviewed depending on the epidemic in other countries. Also, there will be a high probability that we will ask for test results from people before they enter Greece. This is something we will see in the coming weeks, that is, to see if the tests will be so widely available that we can require tests from all incoming tourists."

The health services will be on high alert, so that infected people and their contacts on tourist islands or in tourist areas can be identified immediately and isolated immediately. "These are the main measures we will take to reduce the spread in the summer," said the EKPA pathology professor.

Corona: Withdrawal of measures from 4 May?

As for a more probable date for the lifting of the measures, Mr. Nikos Sypsas sees May 4th. Scientists want to monitor the epidemic for at least two more weeks, he said, and they want it to go downhill.

"We do not want the situation to be reduced to zero, but we want the curve to be steadily declining. So this is the main criterion by which we start talking about lifting the measures. I think a more logical date is 4 May, but that is something we will discuss after 27 April, because let's not forget that until then the measures are in force and we must keep to them."

Following the epidemiological development of other European countries, which have taken measures like us, we will determine our own course of lifting the lockdown, said Sotiris Tsiodras, who revealed that the shops will be opened first:

"I think what concerns us most are measures such as the operation of stores. All this will be done slowly with the maximum protection of people. It is possible that a mask will be used indoors, as most people in Europe are currently using, and that epidemiological data is being closely monitored. "

N. Sypsas: "Until the vaccine is found, our life will go back and forth in quarantines"

The lifting of the measures does not mean that they will not have to be imposed again, if suddenly the epidemiological situation in the country becomes precarious, according to Professor Sypsas:

"The measures will be lifted, but we will closely monitor the epidemic curves and look at this so-called R0 [how many people are infected by 1 person] that everyone has learned. If the R0 remains below 1 [one person infects less than 1 other], as it is now, we will be safe. But if we see that the R0 rises above 1, then the measures - or possibly some measures - may return. There will be rolling measures, that is the truth," he said.

From: https://flashnews.gr/post/422961/korwno ... etoimasoyn

Also good to know: if a hotel guest is found to be infected by Corona, the hotel in which he stays and all its guests will be quarantined for 15 days. This may be followed by another quarantine period, after getting back home.
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by deadeggs » 21 Apr 2020, 11:59

Thanks for the information Erno. Without doubt, summer in most European countries is going to be "different".
In France, at the moment, we are being advised to take our summer holiday in France. This is not good for other countries who rely on French tourists.
It is possible that if we take our holiday outside of France, we may be forced into a 15 day quarantine when we arrive back in France. Lets keep our fingers crossed for a close-as-possible to normal summer so that we can get back to Crete.

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Micki » 21 Apr 2020, 14:23

These measures and precaution sound very reasonable, in my opinion. Going to lonely beaches and staying away from busy and overly touristic centres meet our preferences on Crete anyways.
So, we decided to think optimistic - and booked a flight in september. And the hotels we contacted for booking were very positive as well. I am very curious whether it will happen. (tu)

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 22 Apr 2020, 14:08

Further details for getting out of quarantine in Greece - 22 April, 2020

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When will cafes and restaurants open?

Cafes, restaurants and taverns are expected to open at the end of May with only tables outside.

Tourism?

The most complex exercise is transport and tourism, which are also directly related to each other. The release of travel will be one of the last steps to be taken. For the mass movements, specific security measures are expected to be introduced, while the most difficult part is the air transport, which is also a key for tourism. The "smart solution" that is being discussed, but requires coordination at European level and beyond, is the mass use of tests. That is, to perform a rapid test for the coronavirus both in the country of departure and in the country of arrival. A prerequisite for this is the immediate creation of a reliable fast test and the supply of the necessary quantities.

From: https://flashnews.gr/post/423065/arsh-m ... -prosxedio
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Robert » 22 Apr 2020, 18:12

In my opinion...i dont think that the idea " only tables" outside will solve anything. As far is i know..in Crete nearly nobody is eating inside in the south area. Besides that, incomming flights are still not allowed and like for me..my flight end of May from the Netherlands to Crete is already cancelled by Transavia.

All we can do is wait for what the next rules will be in this historic virus time. Maybe in august they will really change it..but for now..

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by Erno » 23 Apr 2020, 10:10

The draft for the gradual lifting of the measures in Greece - 23 April, 2020

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So far, the draft, which is expected to be delivered by the Prime Minister with minor changes on April 27, includes the following scenarios:

HAIRDRESSERS / BEAUTY CARE
May 4

SMALL COMMERCIAL STORES
May 4

SCHOOLS
11 May High School
25 May or 1 June other schools

DEPARTMENT STORES
After the second fortnight of May or early June

RESTAURANTS / COFFEE SHOPS / BARS
Between May 25 and June 5

BEACHES
In June

UNIVERSITIES
September

HOTELS
June 15 annual operation
June 30 seasonal operation

From: https://flashnews.gr/post/423207/ayto-e ... wthypoyrgo
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Jean » 23 Apr 2020, 10:31

Well, that sounds promising. But I doubt if they will be letting people travel there from England that early!

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Gerrit » 25 Apr 2020, 10:33

Thanks for the updates! I read on a Greek website that Greece hopes to save 50% of their tourism this year, which I think would be a great achievement given the condition the world is in.
For the moment things dont look great for tourists from the Netherlands to visit Greece this year. No flights whatsoever until end of may. Also the conditions of Greece to allow tourists to come and visit the country are understandably strict. If flights resume, they are insisting to keep the 1,5 meter distance from each other also on board. Can you imagine how that looks and what a ticket would cost, flying more than half empty planes. If people have to choose for a holiday with lots of hassle, maybe's, costs and fear of being place in quarantine in a hotel abroad or look for a holiday somewhere local this year, I think people will choose the latter and skip their favourite Mediterranean holiday this year. So fingers crossed for Greece to reach their goals, but please make sure there is a backup plan. In september, I still hope to catch my december 2019 booked ferry to Patras. Although I realise it becomes unlikely by the day. For now, keep safe and stay healthy!
Greetings ! Gerrit

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by deadeggs » 25 Apr 2020, 12:01

At the moment in France, our problem could be to get back into France after we take a holiday to another country (including Greece).
No definate rules made on this at the moment but we are being advised to book our summer holiday in France.
Plus airline tickets may be expensive. Will Ryanair, Easyjet and other low cost airline companies be working ???? It's a situation of keeping our fingers crossed at the moment.
Big hugs to the people in Sfakia and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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by Erno » 28 Apr 2020, 18:58

Restarting the Greek economy in seven stages - 28 April, 2020

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Nikos Papathanasis, the Undersecretary of Development for Industry and Trade, presented the roadmap for restarting the economy, which will start on Monday, 4 May and will take place in seven stages, as part of the government's policy for the next day.

1) In the first stage, which takes place on 4 May, the retail companies (bookstores, sports equipment, plant sales, consumer markets and the release of producers for public markets between regions) and the provision of services (hairdressers, barbershops, beauty salons, etc.) are released. The shoe service providers, the optical stores and the hearing aid dealers also resume.

A total of 68,528 employees and professionals are returning to work from the 690,000 who had their business operations suspended (10%) and 26,167 companies from a total of about 260,000 (10%) are reopening.

Regarding the observance of the distances in the companies that will reopen, they are as follows: In the retail enterprises up to 20 sq.m. 4 people, from 20 sq.m. - 100 sq.m. 4 people + 1 person / 10 sq.m. and more than 100 sq.m. 12 people + 1 person /15 sq.m.

Regarding the regulation of the business opening hours of the companies, their start is transferred to 10.00 am with extended hours on a case-by-case basis, keeping a distance of 2 meters per person, using a mask for staff and customers, while it is recommended not to use elevators, but if necessary then 40% of the available capacity is allowed to use, while if the store has an escalator the customers are not allowed to use the elevator.

For barbershops, hairdressers and beauty salons, a distance of 2 meters will be applied between the workplaces. Arrival of customers only by appointment and their registration in a list that the company will compile at the beginning of daily operation. It is mandatory to use a mask for everyone and disposable gloves for employees in beauty salons. The opening hours are released from 7.00 - 22.00 on weekdays and from 7.00 - 21.00 on Saturdays. Restrictions on the concentration of customers apply. In case of more than one level, the presence of more than 1 person / 10 sq.m. is not allowed.

The same terms of customer attendance apply to the operation of KTEO [Vehicle Inspection]. In the popular markets, the operating measures of 50% attendance and non-sale of industrial items remain.

2) In the second phase, which will be implemented on 11 May, the rest of the retail companies will restart with the same rules of the first phase. Industrial items are returning to the public markets and driving schools are reopening, with masks and gloves.

3) In the third stage on 18 May, archeological sites, zoos and botanical gardens will reopen while performances are not allowed. Gambling stores also reopen without providing services to seated people.

4) In the fourth stage, on 1 June, the shopping centers, restaurants and cafes are reopened with a distance of 2 meters and 4 people per table.

5) In the fifth stage, which will be determined in June, the summer cinemas will resume with a distance of 1.5 m between the spectators per row and a occupancy of up to 60%. The year-round hotels are also reopening, with terms corresponding to cafes and restaurants.

6) In the sixth stage, recreational parks, theme parks and outdoor playgrounds reopen, with the same distance rules.

7) In the seventh stage, restaurants and cafes are reopened indoors, entertainment businesses, seasonal holiday accommodations and sports facilities.

From: http://www.haniotika-nea.gr/se-epta-sta ... heiriseis/
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