The evolution of the situation and impact on tourism in Crete and Greece by the coronavirus from April 16, 2020.
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The Latest updates on the situation in Crete and Greece:
April 25, 2020 (Saturday):
Today, 16 new corona cases (to a total of 2,506, of which 1,799 are active and 47 with a severe course) and no fatalities.
On 4 May the lifting of the measures begins:
The lifting of the measures is to take place in four phases over the next two months.
The start will be on 4 May and every two weeks the situation will be evaluated depending on the course of the pandemic and we will proceed with the second phase.
If there are negative developments, the measures will return.
In the first wave of lifting restrictions, shops and retailers as well as hairdressers and beauty salons will open on 4 May. The re-opening of the department stores will be postponed until the end of the month. At the same time, it is expected that the movement of citizens in the entire area WITH THE EXCEPTION OF TRANSIT TO THE ISLANDS will be released. This also implies the cancellation of the SMS outgoing message.
The opening of the beaches and organised beaches is also expected in the first fortnight of June.
Restaurants and cafés will be opened first until 15 June, while nightclubs will follow after 14 days.
Churches and the like will follow in the last phase. Masks will be mandatory on public transport and in public places. Only a certain number of people are allowed to enter public or sales areas. Hairdressers and beauty salons only work by appointment.
April 24, 2020 (Friday):
Today 27 new corona patients (to a total of 2,490, of which 1,783 are active and 48 with a severe course), and five more deaths (a total of 130).
The tourist season apparently starts at the beginning of July and is expected to end on 15 November. This was stated by the Secretary General of the Greek Tourism Organisation, Dimitris Fraggakis. However, entries from all countries are not permitted, as is otherwise customary.
On Thursday it became known that several patients in two private clinics near Athens are infected with the corona virus, and this has not been reported to the authorities. Three have died as a result of Covid-19. 37 of the 226 patients and employees at the ‘Taxiarchai’ clinic near Peristeri tested positive for the virus and two have died. In the psychiatric clinic ‘Kastalia’ near Elliniko, however, one patient was infected with the virus and has since died.
April 23, 2020 (Thursday):
Today 55 more corona cases, mainly in refugee hot spots (to a total of 2,463, of which 1,761 are active and 52 are severe), and four more deaths (to a total of 125).
Next Monday, April 27, the current exit restrictions will expire and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will give a speech to the people to announce the new measures to gradually return to normality, although there may be regional differences.
April 22, 2020 (Wednesday):
Today seven new corona cases in Greece (to a total of 2,408, of which 1,710 are active and 59 are severe), no further deaths (still 121).
In Crete, only 18 cases have occurred so far, many days ago.
April 21, 2020 (Tuesday):
The village of Kranidi on the mainland is under quarantine after 150 of 470 asylum seekers who were accommodated in a hotel there became infected with the coronavirus.
Today, there are 156 new cases of corona (to 2,401, of which 1,703 are active and 61 severe), and five more deaths (out of a total of 121). No further corona cases in Crete for many days.
Greek Tourism Minister Theocharis says that the Greek authorities are considering introducing a ‘health passport’ to prove that a person entering the country is not suffering from the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The minister said that Greece will only have a three-month tourist season this year between July and September, but added that if the situation develops positively the ‘off-season’ months of October and November could see an increase in the number of tourists in the country.
Minister Theocharis said there was an ongoing discussion at European Union level to determine the way in which EU citizens would be allowed to go on holiday this year. The aim of Brussels is to offer a credible test for every individual who wants to go on a summer holiday somewhere in Europe. This test must be carried out by the traveller’s Member State of origin before he or she boards an aircraft or other means of transport. At this stage it is not clear whether non-EU citizens will be allowed to visit the country this summer or not.
Mr Christodoulakis of the Association of Cretan Hoteliers says that instead of cancelling their holidays, tourists who have chosen Crete for a holiday simply transfer the date of their reservation for the period when the tourist season starts. Crete is currently one of the safest destinations in Europe for summer holidays due to the small number of Corona Falls.
At the same time, he expressed his concern about the current legal loophole regarding insurance cover for travellers in case they fall ill with coronavirus.
However, German Foreign Minister Maas said today that ‘a normal holiday season is not responsible’.
April 20, 2020 (Monday):
Greece will not have organized beaches with lots of people this summer. Nikos Sypsas said that people’s distances will continue to be monitored as the virus will not disappear over the summer.
Nikos Chalkiadakis, President of the Hoteliers Association of the Prefecture of Heraklion, said that the hotels in Crete are not considering opening at all this year, as a start of the season in August or September will be too late. The Mayor of Hersonisos, Giannis Segkos, said that many hoteliers are thinking about not opening their hotels this year and there could still be problems next year.
For Easter Sunday and Monday only 10 new corona cases have been reported (to 2,245, of which 1,860 are active and 61 are severe), and three more deaths today Monday (to a total of 116).
The Undersecretary of State for Civil Protection and Crisis Management, Nikos Hardalias, confirmed that the current measures (traffic bans) against the spread of corona infection will remain in force until 27 April.
April 19, 2020 (Sunday):
On Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday only three deaths have been reported so far (total of 113). As announced, EODY did not release any written information on the development of the pandemic today.
A priest and parishioner arrested on Chios for violation of coronavirus restrictions.
On Easter Sunday in Crete, two motorcyclists who had not stopped at the traffic controls at the crossroads to Elounda and also Kritsa before Aghios Nikolaos were arrested by the Lasithi police after a chase. The fine will exceed 1,000 euros for each driver.
A total of 8 people were found in an area outside their homes and fined 300 euros. Yesterday the corresponding number was five. However, the number of offences for unnecessary travel on the island has decreased.
April 18, 2020 (Saturday):
Today 11 new corona cases (to a total of 2,235, of which 1,856 are active and 67 with severe course) and two more deaths (to a total of 110).
In Greece all churches will remain closed until 28 April.
On Good Friday, the Greek police reported a total of 81 further fines imposed for unauthorised movement of citizens outside their residential area the day before – a day on which millions of people would normally attend church events outdoors.
These violations of the travel ban were registered in the regions of Attica, Central Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Western Macedonia, Western Greece, Thessaly and Epirus.
From the evening of Holy Saturday (18 April 2020, 21:00) up to and including Easter Monday (20 April 2020, 23:59) the use of the car is forbidden with few exceptions.
April 17, 2020 (Friday):
With today’s start of the Greek Orthodox Easter, only 17 new corona cases (a total of 2,224, of which 1,847 are active and 71 are severe) and three more deaths (108 in total) are reported.
The 71 intubated patients have an average age of 67 years. 14 (19.7%) are women and the rest are men. 83.1% have an underlying disease or are over 70 years old.
35 patients were discharged from the intensive care unit, i.e. far more than new corona cases were reported.
Of the 108 deaths in Greece so far, 29 were women (26.5%). Their average age was 74 years and 89.8% of them had an underlying disease or were over 70 years old.
April 16, 2020 (Thursday):
The Greek Ministry of Tourism proposes that, for example, hotels should be given the right to issue vouchers to their customers who (must?) cancel their stay in Hellas. These vouchers will have the same value as the trip originally booked and can be redeemed within 18 months. Then the tourism industry would not be obliged to refund customers for their booked trips. Similar measures are also proposed for cancelled flights and sea trips.
The ban on entry into Greece for non-Europeans has also been extended until 15 May. The only exceptions are family members of European citizens, citizens of Schengen countries, health workers, citizens of third countries with a long-stay visa for a European or Schengen country, government, diplomatic, humanitarian and aircrew personnel and all non-European citizens who have obtained authorisation from a Greek consulate to travel.
From Holy Saturday to Easter Monday, fines for unnecessary movements will be doubled to 300 euros, and the number plates on the vehicle will be removed.
Today, with only 15 new corona cases, the previous low in ‘flattening the curve’ (to a total of 2,207 cases, of which 1,833 are active and 69 are severe), plus three more deaths (to a total of 105).
Here to the previous part: Corona situation on Crete until April 15, 2020.
Corona cases in Greece
Official government site about Corona cases in Greece
Information from the Greek Ministry of Health on Coronavirus in Greece (English)
Official Greek information site on coronavirus (Greek)
Forms and instructions for leaving the house (English)