ATHENS, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - Greece said on Thursday that all unvaccinated catering and tourism workers nationwide were required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing, extending a requirement that previously only applied to some popular holiday islands as the number of cases continued to increase.
After a year 2020 fromThe astronaut where world travel has evaporated, Greece has lifted most restrictions and was hoping at least at least a partial recovery of its crucial tourism industry over the summer.
But following a new spike in COVID infections in recent weeks due to the spread of the most contagious Delta Variant infections, Greece last week ordered twice-weekly tests for unvaccinated workers in restaurants and tourism businesses on some of the country's major vacation islands in an effort to save its summer season. learn more
The same rule will now apply to workers in these sectors across Greece, said Deputy Minister of Citizen Protection Nikos Hardalias during a speech '' a weekly briefinge. "Our goal is that our country continues to send the message that it has been and will remain a safe tourist destination.
Despite the Recent restrictions, cases on the famous party island of Mykonos have spread rapidly, forcing authorities last week to impose a nighttime curfew and ban music from July 26.
Hardalias said the situation in Mykonos has improved slightly and that the authorities will decide to extend or lift the measures in the coming days.
Alexis Tspiras, former prime minister and leader of the main left-wing opposition Syriza party, said the restrictions on Mykonos sent "a very bad signal " for Greece as as a tourist destination.
With a population of 11 million, Greece has inoculated about 45% of Greeks. AfterHaving ordered the vaccination of health workers and nursing homes, the government on Thursday urged school teachers to be vaccinated in time for the start of the school year in September.
Greece reported 2,604 cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 469,042 since the pandemic began last year. So far, some 12,875 have died from complications related to COVID. Report by Angeliki Koutantou Edited by Mark Heinrich
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