Greece beaches to open this weekend – but boozing and music are banned

GREECE is opening their beaches again this weekend as the country lowers the lockdown restrictions put in place during the pandemic.

However, visitors will face strict measures and guidelines – which include no booze, music or sports games.

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The new rules have been implemented by the Infectious Diseases Committee at the Health Ministry.

From Saturday at 8am, beaches will be able to open to people, but will face restricted access depending on capacity.

Beaches which have paid ticket entrances will be forced to limit visitors, with just 40 people per per 1,000 sqm.

Social distancing must be followed between sun loungers and umbrellas of 4m, and only two sun loungers are allowed together at one time.

Not only must beach-goers take a towel to place over the sun loungers, but on-site staff must disinfect them between each guest.

Cafes and beach bars can only serve take-away food and drink, with no tables or table service and anything alcoholic is banned.

Any team sports which require contact, such as football, are banned.

Some beaches have already been implementing new measures – one resort in Santorini has installed plexi-glass screens between sun loungers.

However, the country is fearing that Brits may not be able to return for the summer, due to a lack of flights and enforcement of 14-day quarantines when returning to the UK.

President of Corfu's hotel association Charalambos Voulgaris told local media the mainland and the islands were facing the "biggest crisis of a generation".

He added that many of Corfu's beaches lie empty, something he fears could continue even if tourists are to return by the summer.

He explained: "We are going to have very low occupancy rates. We don't know if our hotels will open, when they will open, so we are right now on the brink of very hard times."

Previous reports warn that 65 per cent of hotels could go bankrupt across Greece.

A study by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels found that 65 percent of hoteliers say that they are "likely" (46.6 per cent) to go bankrupt, with 18.3 per cent saying it was "most likely".

In Spain, sunbathing 'squares' and designated zones for different ages and family groups are being created ahead of the tourist season.

Bulgaria is choosing a different route – offering free sun loungers and amenities for tourists to encourage them to return.

However with both countries introducing a two-week quarantine as well, Brits are unlikely to visit any time soon.


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