| 21 April 2024, Sunday |

Greece introduces new coronavirus curbs as Omicron pushes cases up

As the number of coronavirus illnesses rises, Greece is enacting additional limitations on the hospitality industry as of Thursday, moving up regulations that had been planned for early January.

The decision came only one day after officials revealed a new daily record of 21,657 cases, more than double the previous day’s total. Authorities said the highly contagious Omicron type looked to be dominating in the community about a month after it was first discovered.

Bars, nightclubs and restaurants will be forced to close at midnight, with no standing customers and no music, with the exception of New Year’s Eve when then can stay open until 2 a.m..

“These measures, if they are applied in our entirety, will allow us from mid January to go back to our normal lives,” Health Minister Thanos Plevris told a news conference.

Authorities had also tightened curbs last week, mandating masks in open spaces and banning Christmas and New Year festivities in public places.

  • Reuters