Part 9: Plan of tourism in Corona times

The evolution of the situation and impact on tourism in Crete and Greece by the coronavirus from May 20, 2020.

Daily updates on the corona situation on Crete here on CreteTip !

pedestrian shopping street in Agios Nikolaos
This is how deserted the otherwise busy pedestrian shopping street in Agios Nikolaos still looks at the moment.

Next part: Corona crisis in Crete since June 1, 2020.

The Latest updates on the situation in Crete and Greece:

May 31, 2020 (Sunday):

Only two corona cases remain (to a total of 2,917, of which 1,368 are active and 13 are severe), again no death.

May 30, 2020 (Saturday):

Six more corona cases (to a total of 2,915, of which 1,366 are active and 14 are severe), no further deaths.

May 29, 2020 (Friday):

Today another three corona cases (to a total of 2,909, of which 1,374 are active and 16 are severe), no fatalities.

Persons resident in a total of 29 countries are now admitted as tourists in Greece from 15 June: Albania, Australia, Austria, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland.

May 28, 2020 (Thursday):

Only three other corona cases in Greece (to a total of 2,906, of which 1,357 are active and 16 are severe), and two deaths (to a total of 175)

May 27, 2020 (Wednesday):

Today 11 more corona cases (to a total of 2,903, of which 1,356 and 17 with severe course), no further deaths. With the cases that have occurred in Crete in the last few days, the current number of people affected on the island is 21.

Tourists from Germany now also in Greece from 15th June: Persons who are resident in Cyprus, Israel, China, Japan, Australia, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Albania, Northern Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are welcome in Greece from 15th June.
In addition, international flights to Thessaloniki are now available two weeks earlier than originally announced, also from 15 June.

May 26, 2020 (Tuesday):

In Chania another, 76-year-old, man under treatment for corona infection and so far no connection to the case of Sunday known.
The hotel used for refugees in Kranidi in southern Greece has been placed under curfew for the second time since April, after corona cases have again occurred there.

A total of ten new cases of corona today (to 2,892, of which 1,345 are active and 18 severe), and one more death (to a total of 173).

May 25, 2020 (Monday):

Today four more corona cases (to a total of 2,882, of which 1,336 are active and 18 with a severe course), and one more death (to 172).

May 24, 2020 (Sunday):

Exactly one week after the opening of Crete for travel there is another case of corona after a long time: an 87-year-old who is in hospital in Chania. The test result for his wife is expected tomorrow.
A total of two more corona cases are announced for Greece today (to a total of 2,878), and no further deaths (the number remains at 171).

The preventive air traffic measures will be extended until June 30, 2020 and 23:59 hrs and exclude international flights at all airports in Greece, with the exception of Athens Airport Eleftherios Venizelos.

Preparations for the reopening of cafes, restaurants
Preparations for the reopening of cafes, restaurants and so on.
However, from tomorrow, Monday, nothing will be the same as it once was for cafés, restaurants and bars etc. Especially there, only one customer per 2 m² is allowed, while up to six people are seated at each table, unless it is a family with underage children.
In addition, the use of the mask by catering staff is obligatory, while for customers there is a simple recommendation (for masks). In recent days, shopkeepers have tried to regulate the area of the tables, which should now be placed at very specific intervals.

May 23, 2020 (Saturday):

Today three new corona cases (to a total of 2,876, including 20 severe cases), as well as two more deaths (to a total of 171). The average age of the dead was 76 years and 94.7% had an underlying disease or were older than 70 years.

Of the 2,853 cases of Covid-19 infection up to yesterday registered in Greece since February, only 572 cases concerned persons aged 65 and over. However, the highest death rates were recorded in this age group. Of the 168 deaths, 126 concerned persons over 65 years of age (i.e. 22% deaths among those infected in this age group).

May 22, 2020 (Friday):

From 15 June onwards, tourists from the following countries are allowed to enter the country: Cyprus, Israel, China, Japan, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Albania, Northern Macedonia, Bosnia, Croatia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic.
Germany is not on the list and the next stage of openings is scheduled for 1 July.

Today 20 new corona cases (to 2,873, of which 1,330 are active and 19 are active), and one more death (to a total of 169). 16 of the new cases occurred in a Roma settlement near Larissa.

A long list of regulations for hotels appeared today. From this list, the most important and most interesting one for guests shall be mentioned:
In order to protect public health, the address of the accommodation must contain a record of the staff and all persons staying in the hotel – name, nationality, dates of arrival and departure, contact details (address, telephone, e-mail) – so that it is possible to communicate with the close contacts of a COVID-19 case, who can then be identified.
Staff must take the necessary hygiene measures (washing hands), keep a distance of at least one meter from the customer (avoid shaking hands, etc.) and comply with the hygiene rules.
Staff must be able to identify customer symptoms and report them directly to the health care provider.
Avoid crowding when checking in and out. Check-out until 11.00 and check-in from 15.00.
No admission to rooms for non-residents.
Sufficient staff equipment (gloves, masks, bathrobe, closed shoes).
Cleaning personnel are advised to use a simple surgical mask (if no surgical mask is available, the use of canvas is recommended), gloves and a disposable waterproof gown. While working, cleaning personnel should not touch mouth, nose or eyes with hands, smoke or eat.
Discreet monitoring of customers with symptoms by management/administration.
Restaurant, bar, etc. in accordance with the current legal framework.
It is not permitted to operate indoor swimming pools.
Number of bathers: The maximum total number of people entering at any given time is no more than one bathing guest per 2.5 m2 of water surface.
Keeping the distance: The arrangement of the seats (sun loungers, chairs, stools, sunbeds, etc.) should be such that the distance between the ends of the seats of two persons in two different parasols or two persons who are in a different area must be at least 2 meters in each direction.
The provisions of the relevant Ministry of Health circular “Measures to ensure public health against viral and other infections during the use of air conditioning systems” must be observed.
Recommendation to avoid the use of lifts.
Vehicles up to 5 seats, transport of one passenger and the driver. In exceptional cases, the transfer of a second passenger is permitted, provided that the passenger is accompanied by a person in need of assistance.
Vehicles with 6 or 7 seats, transport of 2 passengers plus the driver
vehicles with 8 or 9 seats, transport of 3 passengers plus driver
In exceptional cases, passengers may be exceeded provided that, apart from the driver, only parents with their minor children are in the vehicle.
The use of a non-medical protective mask by both passengers and the driver is mandatory.

May 21, 2020 (Thursday):

Today, only three more corona cases (to a total of 2,853, of which 1,311 are active and 21 with a severe course), and two more deaths (to a total of 168).

Hoteliers hope to welcome an estimated 1.2 million tourists to Crete this year. Airports are not opened immediately for tourists from all countries, but only with low infection rates. The first two to three weeks will be the most critical time to see if everything is working.

However, this only applies to tourists from a total of twenty countries, including Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg.
Priority should be given to resuming air links with countries with low rates of coronavirus infection and, if necessary, to ensuring through bilateral agreements that air passengers should not have to fear a possible compulsory quarantine either on arrival in Greece or after their return to their countries of origin.

May 20, 2020 (Wednesday):

Tonight the plan of the Greek government for this year’s tourism season was announced:
June 1st opening for the city’s annual hotels. The rest of the hotels will open on 15 June. On June 15th the airport El Venizelos, Athens will also open for foreign tourism. From 1 July the remaining airports.

However, the health authorities will carry out random coronavirus tests at Greek airports, so a COVID-19 test is not required before arrival in the country. There will also be no 14-day quarantine for people entering Greece.
Visitors will be subject to sampling and must follow the general health protocols in force in Greece, but this should not overshadow either the bright sun or the natural beauty of Greece.

As part of the COVID-19 treatment measures, each accommodation will have a medical officer and a coordinator. In addition, special ‘quarantine areas’ will be defined per region until a patient is brought to a health facility. For the islands in particular, a total of 20 new analysis centers for tests will be set up, and the operation of 600 COVID-19 beds will also be ensured.

Sources used for the text: Creta24 and Greekreporter.

In addition, another 10 corona cases (to a total of 2,850, of which 1,310 are active and 22 are severe), as well as another death (to a total of 166).

Here to the previous part: Corona situation on Crete until May 19, 2020.

Further information

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)

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