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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Robert » 01 May 2020, 17:23

Ok, thanks for the update..still thinking its better to place it under a special topic...but ok..i like to puzle.
In short what i heard...
June :
the hotels that are openen all year, will re- open. I think its including their restaurants.
the season hotels ( like in Sfakia, Lutro, Agia Roumeli, will open.
Dont know if this is inluding the seasonal restaurants.

Besides that, it is depending on airlines...

Well we will see, wait nd hope all survivei in this crazy period.

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 03 May 2020, 08:34

Blueprint prepared for tourism revival Greece - 3 May, 2020


The Prime Minister’s Office is almost ready to announce its integrated package for the revival of tourism which has been put together with the cooperation of the sector’s association and other competent ministers, as well as the health authorities.

On Friday Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis led another video conference on the issue with participants including the ministers of tourism, Haris Theocharis, and state, Giorgos Gerapetritis, and the Health Ministry’s representative on Covid-19, Sotiris Tsiodras.

The plan, according to the latest information available, is built on four pillars. The first concerns the health issue and the rules of operation for the sector regarding both hotels and the markets from which the country may allow visitors when this is deemed safe. The second pillar has to do with supporting employment, the third concerns the measures for economically supporting a smooth tourism reboot, and the fourth covers compensating action: This is the entire set of actions that will offset as much as possible the losses that tourism enterprises have suffered as a result of the government’s decision to put tourism on ice.

For its part, the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) has set four priorities in the blueprint submitted to the state, in compliance with what health authorities dictate. They are the subsidizing of employment, the clarity and safety of health regulations (as long as they are operative), the reduction of value-added tax and the total waiving of the income tax deposit for this year.

Another issue which has yet to be settled is that of bilateral agreements. Although all parties involved speak of the need for a single set of rules, regarding international travel and the operation of businesses, in fact more and more people are worrying about how this could be rapidly achieved so that the whole of this year is not lost and 2021 is not undermined. The complexity of the problem combined with the disagreements in every country, often between health and political authorities, point to the unlikelihood of a common position being formed before this fall. Therefore more voices are speaking of the need for bilateral agreements setting the rules for a country to admit another country’s citizens.

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 08 May 2020, 10:30

Tourism: Which countries will not "send" tourists to Greece, due to corona - 8 May, 2020


The course that tourism in Greece will record this year, as well as how many hotels will finally operate, is becoming a puzzle for strong solvers.

According to information, in several prefectures, hoteliers are losing hope for this year's tourist season and are considering not opening their businesses, despite the lifting of restrictive measures. The reason for the "turmoil" in tourism is the unprecedented situation prevailing in air transport as well as the uninterrupted spread of the coronavirus in several countries that are traditionally important markets for Greece.

The possibility of keeping their businesses closed in the summer is being seriously considered by several tourism professionals, due to the unprecedented situation prevailing in air transport and in several countries which are traditionally important markets for Greece.

As they point out, the operation of the twelve-month-old hotels on the first of June will be the first big test for the tourism industry, with the developments in foreign countries, however, that feed the Greek market over time not leaving much room for optimism.

In Britain, which now ranks first in Europe in terms of deaths from Covid-19, the situation is bleak as demand for the end of July is almost negligible, with tourism professionals hoping. that there will be interest from the British to visit Greece in August and September.

As they point out, the indications for the domestic market are also ominous, with the demand being low despite the large number of offers from British tourism companies.

The German tourist market is also moving at a very subdued pace. Several tourist units in areas such as Saxony, Bavaria and destinations in the North Sea will be operational by the end of May, with up to 60% availability as several services (spa, swimming pools, etc.) will remain closed for security reasons.

Demand so far has been fairly limited, with not even limited supply, with consumers being extremely concerned about both the spread of the corona and the global recession that has been triggered by the pandemic.

In Germany, as in most European countries hit by Covid-19, authorities are urging citizens not to travel abroad and fearing new cases from other areas. The outlook for the German market is deteriorating further as the decision to extend the school year seems to have been taken.

Russia's market, in which the number of recorded cases has risen sharply in recent days to close to 200,000, should be considered lost.

The Russian government has banned all international flights since March 27, while Aeroflot announced a few days ago that it will suspend all foreign routes until August.

The suspension of flights keeps hotels closed

According to information, several tourist businesses are considering the possibility of suspending their operation this summer, according to information, even emblematic units in Northern Greece, the Peloponnese and on several islands.

Market participants point out that as long as air travel remains deadlocked, with many airlines in Europe and the United States facing a survival problem, hotels are virtually impossible to operate.

The next few weeks are expected to be extremely critical, with the government considering measures to restart flights and further strengthen Greek airlines.

On Thursday afternoon, a teleconference was held at the Maximos Palace [PM seat] regarding the air transport, in which, according to information, government officials such as the Minister of State, George Gerapetritis, participated.

The government is keeping its papers closed for what was discussed at the teleconference, with some sources even stating that Aegean executives also took part in it.

According to reliable sources, it is possible that there will be serious developments in the aviation sector soon, as discussions are underway on the possibility of merging airlines.

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 09 May 2020, 13:28

Greek Gov’t mulling plan to ensure only healthy tourists arrive - 9 May, 2020


Tourists can enter Greece only if they have undergone a test for Covid-19 and tested negative, according to a proposal the government is reportedly examining under its mantra “we are a safe country and we only accept someone who is definitely not sick."

With Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis aiming for the tourist season to open formally on July 1, senior government officials are looking to ensure that all measures are in place to ensure there is no coronavirus relapse.

More specifically, the plan stipulates that the temperature of tourists will be taken upon their arrival and they must carry a certificate confirming they are healthy.

In the event that during the holidays they show symptoms or fall ill, the plan is to move them to quarantined structures and hotels contracted with the health system to exclusively host coronavirus patients.

Greece expects, as Mitsotakis has stated, a unified European stance on the issue of tourism. If this is not possible, then there is a plan for bilateral cooperation with various countries such as Israel, Germany, Russia, but also nations in the Balkans which have the advantage that their citizens can come to Greece by road.

The European Commission's plan, which will provide guidelines on how hotels, aircraft transport as well as trains and ships will operate, is expected to be made public on Wednesday.

The government’s roadmap for tourism is expected to be unveiled in the first fortnight of June.

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 09 May 2020, 14:29

Covid-19: Health protocols for Greek hotels and flights to Greece unveiled - 9 May, 2020


Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis on Friday unveiled a number of rules included in the health protocols for tourism that have been created to be applied in all hotels in the country and on incoming flights once the tourism season begins in Greece in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The protocols have been drafted by the Tourism Ministry in collaboration with the Infectious Diseases Commission of EODY, Greece’s public health organization, and will be submitted to tourism enterprises for consultation and the submission of proposals.

Following are some of the rules included in the health protocols as announced by the tourism minister:

For flights

– For passengers to board a flight from abroad to Greece, they must have a valid health certificate that has been issued within the last 72 hours, stating that they are not carriers of the Covid-19 virus. Passengers without a health certificate, will not be allowed to board flights.

– There will be no empty seats on flights to, from and within Greece. The passenger capacity of all airplanes will be full in order to support airline companies.

– Only packaged snacks will be served to passengers on flights with a duration of up to four hours.

– Upon their departure from Greece, tourists will not be tested in order for them to avoid being quarantined in Greece.

For hotels

– One “quarantine hotel” will operate on every tourism destination in Greece, where tourists who are found to be Covid-19 carriers will be transported. The hotels will be leased to the ministry.

– All Greek accommodation units will be obliged to have a contract with a doctor, who will determine, either in person or remotely (telemedicine), whether a tourist should be tested for the coronavirus. All Covid-19 tests will be performed within 6 hours at the latest so that anyone who is tested to be positive can be transferred to a “quarantine hotel”.

– Special training on specific hygiene rules will be provided to the staff of every Greek hotel.

– There will be no buffets in Greek hotels (except maybe in very small units), as food will only be served.

– All sunbeds will have a distance between them and also a disposable cover for each beach visitor.

Greece’s tourism season is expected to begin in July with seasonal resorts hoped to open the same month. The country’s year-round hotels are scheduled to open on June 1.

In regards to flights, a common EU plan for air transport has yet to be decided on. However, Greece is currently discussing the possibility of creating safe travel zones between specific countries.

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Jean » 09 May 2020, 14:52

<<One “quarantine hotel” will operate on every tourism destination in Greece, where tourists who are found to be Covid-19 carriers will be transported. The hotels will be leased to the ministry.>>

I wonder which hotel in Sfakia will be the "lucky" designated quarantine hotel.

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 09 May 2020, 14:54

Maybe Ilingas? It anyway is isolated.
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 10 May 2020, 15:22

The Corona Protocol for Tourist Accommodations in Greece - 10 May, 2020


Here is the Corona Protocol for the hotel units, and the rules that will apply as soon as they open. These are the health protocols that enter the tourism market, as suggested by the National Public Health Organization in consultation with the Ministry of Tourism and which are currently being processed by the associations of tourism companies.

What is provided for hotels

The specifications for the reopening of tourist accommodations apply to all accommodations regardless of technical and operational specifications, classification, type, or duration of operation. Each tourist accommodation must compile a protocol according to the instructions of the Ministry of Tourism.

It is noted that the all-year operation units will be able to open from 1st June, while the seasonal hotels in July, 2020.

According to the action plan, the administration / management of the tourist accommodation needs to appoint a health officer for each accommodation who is responsible for each individual department while the staff will be trained in compliance with the protocol, that will comply with the recommendations of EODY [Hellenic National Public Health Organization] and will be revised according to the developments.

For hotel employees, the following rules are provided:

- Education of all staff in the protocols of hygiene and management of Corona

- Each staff member must strictly adhere to the basic protection measures against COVID-19 recommended by WHO and EODY: observance of hand hygiene, physical distance from customers and other staff, avoidance of facial touches and general personal and respiratory hygiene [coughing and sneezing]

- The tourist accommodation must provide each member of the staff with adequate personal protective equipment

- It is recommended that staff stay at home and seek medical attention if they experience symptoms related to the disease, notifying the health care provider of the accommodation

- It is recommended to exclude from work any person with symptoms, and only return to work if the laboratory test is negative

- It is recommended that staff staying in the accommodation be provided with single rooms

- It is recommended that staff be thermometered every morning as part of their individual responsibility. Careful monitoring of staff may follow depending on the epidemiological picture of the local community / area

- If a staff member comes in contact with a case, he must immediately report it to the health officer of the accommodation and be removed from work

Also, for the purposes of public health protection actions, the accommodation management must keep a record of the staff members and all the people who stayed at the hotel so that it is possible to communicate with the close contacts of any COVID-19 victim, which may be identified in retrospect.

It is recommended to update the website of the tourist accommodation with a special section about COVID-19, in which you will post the measures and the new policy of the accommodation for taking increased hygiene measures, changes in operating hours of common areas, modification of check-in / check-out duration. Respectively, you can follow the information with the available means inside the accommodation (eg in public TVs, in room TVs, marking before entering the individual public areas and printed information in the reception).

The measures at the reception

- The staff will take hygiene measures (hand washing), keep a distance of at least one meter from the customers (avoid handshakes, etc.) and follow hygiene rules (in case of cough or sneezing)

- It is recommended to avoid employing in the reception people belonging to the vulnerable groups of the population [above 60 years old and/ or with underlying diseases].

- When requested, there needs to be the possibility: a) to inform visitors about the policy of the accommodation and the measures it has taken to deal with any incidents, b) to provide useful information about health providers, pharmacies, etc. in the area and / or within the accommodation and c ) provision of personal protective equipment [masks and disinfectant].

- It is recommended to provide information leaflets with basic health instructions translated into English, French and German. In addition, the provision of these instructions through the development of an application on mobile phones.

- Immediately available contact details of health providers, public and private hospitals and pharmacies

- Special equipment (medical kit) for the occurrence of an incident, such as gloves and disposable masks, antimicrobial cleaning wipes, apron, long-sleeved robe.

- Following customers in a discreet way for early diagnosis of an incident.

- Use plexiglass in the reception (placement of polycarbonate material) for the case of tourist accommodations with 60 beds and above

- Disinfective handgel for use by the customer

- Addition of floor marking at a distance of two meters from the desk where the customer will stand

-Development of alternatives of paper check-in (such as check-in by mobile phone, use of tablets that can be disinfected after each use, installation of POS terminals [PIN machines] at a point close to the customer, exclusive use of bank and credit cards for payment)

- Avoiding overcrowding during check-in / check-out - keeping distance

- Disinfection of key cards - their placement in a special container for disinfection

- Extension of check-out and check-in between stays

- Examination of check-in capability in an open space

- Prohibition of entry to the accommodation to non-residents

Floor services (cleaning, disinfection, housekeeping), rooms and common areas

- Strengthening sanitary services in all public areas and especially of "high risk" objects (eg knobs, elevator knob)

- Avoiding to use elevators by a specific number of people depending on the size of the cabin.

- Thorough cleaning and very good room ventilation during the hours between stays.

- Checking the proper operation of dishwashers and washing machines (in terms of temperature used and dosage of detergents)

- Adequate personnel equipment (gloves, masks, robe, closed shoes)

- Cleaning personnel are advised to use a simple surgical mask (in case of non-availability of a surgical mask, the use of canvas is recommended), gloves and a disposable waterproof robe. As long as they work, the cleaning staff should not touch their mouth, nose or eyes with the hands, not smoke nor eat.

- Do not clean the room frequently during the stay (avoid contact of cleaning workers with possibly infected people and further transmission).

- Removal of daily change of clothing and towels, in the evening preparation only at the request of the customer.

- Removal of decorative objects (pillows, bedding)

- Removal of shared objects of multiple use such as menus, magazines, etc.

- Removal of coffee machines, kettles, coffee packaging, tea and all mini bar products

- Putting a disposable cover on the TV and air conditioner controls

- Fabric surfaces (eg furniture upholstery) should be cleaned with a steam appliance (temperature > 70 deg C).

- Opening of doors and windows for natural ventilation of the room, daily.

- Signing when and how the room was cleaned

- Putting individual antiseptic fluids in each room or a antiseptics dispenser

This is how hotel restaurants will operate

The operation of the restaurants and bars will be done in accordance with the current legal framework. Recommended:

- Systematic observance of hygiene rules by the staff

- Disinfection of hands at the entrance and exit of each space (dispenser)

- Washing of handkerchiefs, tablecloths and a set of cutlery even those that have not been used, alternatively using packaged cutlery and disposable tablecloths, packaged food in individual portions, where possible

- Arrangement of tables in the area for a specific number of people / square - excluding families. Distance greater than 1.5 "back to back" of the chairs. Customers sit facing each other at a distance of 1.5m.

- Extension of time that restaurants are open for the rotating attendance of visitors

- Emphasis and prompting for room service at no extra charge

- The staff of the room service to keep their distance and use personal protective equipment

- During the consumption of drinks in the bars, only packaged individual accompaniments are provided

- The buffet function is not recommended and the serving of meals is recommended.

Children's leisure facilities

In indoor and outdoor playgrounds, as well as in closed clubs (kids clubs) the new rules are as follows:

- Operation of recreational areas for children in accordance with the current legal framework

- If they are open, clean and disinfect areas based on protocol

- Examination check of their operation as appropriate

- Precaution of limiting the number of children in external structures of playgrounds

- Monitoring children for any symptoms

Personal care services, spas and shared facilities

- Putting antiseptic solutions for dry hand disinfection in all common areas (eg reception spa, hairdresser, shared WC)

- Applying plexiglass at the reception of the spa and the salon

- Use of protective equipment (simple surgical mask and gloves)

- Avoiding overcrowding in shared facilities

- Guidance to tenants to avoid the use of shared facilities in case they feel sick

Distances at the pools

- The layout of the seats (sunbeds, chairs, poufs, sun loungers, etc.) should be such that the distance between the extreme points of the seats of two people in two different umbrellas or two people living in a different room, be at least 2 meters in each direction.

- Addition of towels that will cover the entire surface and disinfection of each deck chair after each use.

- Place a special disposable fabric on the sun lounger before placing the towel

- Strict definition of the number of bathers: the maximum total number of people entering the pool at any given time should not be greater than the calculated rate, based on the rate of recirculation or renewal of the water in the pool during the following period, as follows:

a) In case of a swimming pool with continuous chlorination of the circulating water of the pool: ratio of 500 L / h per pool.

b) In case of a water cooling tank with continuous chlorination of the recirculating water of the tank: ratio 1200 L / h per pool.

c) In case of a swimming pool or water storage tank with renewal of water from a safe natural source, not subject to chlorination: ratio 2000 L / h per swimmer.

In any case, the maximum total number of people entering the pool at any given time will not be greater than one bather per 2.5 m2 of water surface.

- In indoor swimming pools: 2 people per 20 sq.m.

- Continuous renewal of the water recirculation system at a rate that ensures its complete renewal in the time allotted according to the corresponding size of the swimming pool / recreational water installation. Maintaining the maximum time of complete water renewal.

- It is recommended to separate bathers through a program clock or if possible through separate facilities for swimming and serving vulnerable groups. In the case of separate facilities, the facilities serving the vulnerable groups must have specific staff, which will serve only those facilities. The waiters (as well as other staff who come in contact with the visitors) in the area with the vulnerable guests should wear masks and apply hand hygiene after serving each customer. There should be separate toilets and showers for the vulnerable groups and the rest of the visitors.

It is noted that the above directives also apply to sunbeds at the beach.

Venues within accommodation (conference rooms, reception areas, etc.)

- Reduction of capacity by half

- Use of protective equipment by staff

- Increased cleanliness and disinfection of the area after each event

- Disinfection of hands at the entrance and exit of the area

Common areas (open and closed)

Common areas include lobby, seating, outdoor seating and tables (including decks around swimming pools)

- Signing to remind customers to keep their distance - apply measures such as floor tapes, cones or other means to keep their distance

- Installation of antiseptic solutions for dry hand antiseptic cleaning in all common areas

- Moving furniture to avoid overcrowding in public areas (4 people / 10 sqm)

- Possibly self-service parking instead of valet service. If the valet parking service remains, protective equipment for the valet (simple surgical mask and gloves).

- Examination of the suspension of operation of computer business desks, alternatively, the availability of access to wifi and printing services or other business services through connection from a personal device of the customer is recommended.

- Limit overcrowding in toilets

- In the toilets, it is recommended with an information marking to the users to empty the basins of the shared toilets with the lid closed. In this way, the restriction of airborne transmission through the toilet at the time of evacuation is sought.

Customer transfer services

- The driver avoids handshakes

- The driver must ensure the natural ventilation of the vehicle

- Move customers only with private transfers

- Vehicles up to 5 seats, transport of one passenger, plus the driver. Exceptionally, the transport of a second passenger is allowed, provided that he is an escort of a person in need of assistance.

- Vehicles of 6 or 7 seats, transport of 2 passengers, plus the driver

- Vehicles of 8 or 9 seats, transport of 3 passengers, plus the driver

- It is permissible to exceed the passenger limit, as long as only parents with their minor children are in the vehicle in addition to the driver.

- The use of a non-medical protective mask, both by the passengers and by the driver, is mandatory

- In club cars, the use of protective equipment (simple surgical mask, gloves) for the driver

Tour bus directives

- Installation of polycarbonate material (plexiglass) for the driver

- Use of protective equipment (simple surgical mask, gloves) for the driver

- Antiseptics at the entrance

- Also enter from the front and exit from the back so that passengers do not cross each other

- Reduce capacity by half

- Very good cleaning and disinfection after each transfer

- Use of a mask for all passengers on vehicles

For tourist vehicles / hire cars:

- Each vehicle must be left in an empty position in all directions and all occupants must wear a mask throughout the journey

- This limit will be valid until 15 June, 2020, where the implementation of the measure and the epidemiological situation will be reassessed and possibly revised

Each vehicle rental company must develop a written plan for the management of a suspected COVID-19 incident, which will describe the following:

a) the symptoms that characterize a person as a suspected case of COVID-19 infection (sudden onset of the disease, with at least one of the following symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath),

b) the communication plan and information of the competent authority in the nearest station regarding the suspicious case,

c) the process of temporarily isolating a person who is considered a suspected case of COVID-19 until he or she is safely transported for a medical diagnosis (providing natural ventilation, placing a surgical mask on the person with symptoms, handkerchiefs, plastic bags and a garbage bag and hand sanitizer containing 70% alcohol),

d) use of a surgical mask, goggles, and gloves by anyone who cares for the patient (used protective equipment should be discarded in a bag and in no case reused, and after disposing of protective equipment hands should be thoroughly washed with water and soap),

e) Ventilation of the vehicle and cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and objects after removal of the patient with a solution of chlorine 0.1% (4 teaspoons of chlorine content 5% per 1 liter of water) or ethyl alcohol 70% with a contact time of 10 minutes (cleaning materials should either be discarded or washed at 90° C before reuse)

f) the reporting procedure to the competent authority of the suspected COVID-19 case

It is recommended to thoroughly and completely disinfect vehicles after the end of the rental. Antiseptic cleaning of surfaces and points of frequent contact inside vehicles (mainly handles, handrails and seats) is recommended after the end of each rental.

Rental vehicles must be washed and disinfected between their uses by different customers.

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Annelie » 12 May 2020, 20:32

I just wonder if it will be possible for the restaurants, hotels, car rentals etc. to fulfil all these rules!


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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 13 May 2020, 14:15

EU Commission's guidance on how to safely resume travel - 13 May, 2020


Today, the EU Commission presented a package of guidelines and recommendations to help Member States gradually lift travel restrictions and allow tourism businesses to reopen, after months of lockdown, while respecting necessary health precautions.

* For tourists and travellers

The Commission is looking to give people the ability, confidence and safety to travel again with the following measures:

- Safely restoring freedom of movement and lifting internal border controls
- Restoring transport services across the EU while protecting the health of transport workers and passengers
- Safely resuming tourism services
- Ensuring cross-border interoperability of tracing apps
- Making vouchers a more attractive option for consumers

* For tourism businesses

The Commission aims to support Europe's tourism sector by:

- Ensuring liquidity for tourism businesses, in particular SMEs
- Saving jobs with up to €100 billion in financial relief from the SURE programme
- Connecting citizens to local tourism offer, promoting local attractions and tourism and Europe as a safe tourist destination

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