Greece has introduced a number of new rules on its beaches as it gears up for the return of Brits for summer holidays including social distancing for sunbathers and limits on music in beach bars.
The country is currently one of the UK’s 172 amber list destinations meaning holidays aren’t quite on the cards yet, but there’s hope that it could be added to the green list later this summer.
Greece has already reopened to visitors who can show proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel, or those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
When it does eventually get added to the green list, Greece holidays will no doubt be a popular option for sun-starved UK holidaymakers.
Lonely Planet reports that in preparation for the return of tourists, authorities introduced new rules on its beaches for both visitors and locals.
Beach umbrellas and sun loungers will need to be placed at least 4m apart on the beach, to allow for social distancing, and will be regularly disinfected. Sun-seekers won’t be required to wear a face mask while swimming or sunbathing.
Meanwhile beach bars, restaurants and cafés will be prohibited from playing music, to prevent people from needing to raise their voices in order to be heard, which could lead to more particles being spread in the air.
Beach bar employees and resort staff will be required to wear face masks, and will also need to undergo regular Covid-19 testing.
As for face masks in general, currently in Greece these are mandatory in all public places, both indoors and outdoors.
Hotels and other tourist accommodation has already been able to reopen in Greece, as well as attractions such as museums, open air spaces, restaurants and bars – all with social distancing measures in place.
It’s worth noting that there is a curfew in place from 12:30am to 5am.
Brits make up a large portion of the Greek tourism market, so it’s not surprising that the Greek islands are on a mission to have vaccinated their adult populations by the end of June as part of an effort to welcome back UK travellers this summer.
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Greece remains on the UK’s amber list at the time of writing. The Foreign Office currently advises against non-essential travel to all of Greece except for the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete.
It’s worth noting that when the Foreign Office advises against travel, your travel insurance is usually invalidated.
This means that Brits heading to amber list destinations for holidays risk extra costs of thousands of pounds as they’re unlikely to be covered by their insurance while abroad.
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