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Greek Cops Cracking Down on Mykonos COVID-19 Parties, Arrest One

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In this Tuesday, June 9, 2020 photo, visitors sit in bars in an area known as Little Venice on the Greek island of Mykonos. (AP Photo/Derek Gatopoulos)

Greek police picked the notoriously hedonistic island of Mykonos to start  corralling wild secret parties that could spread COVID-19, with reports bars and restaurants are also ignored health protocols to keep people apart.

Mykonos has long had a reputation as a tax cheating haven with bars and restaurants fined small amounts but rarely shut down and there were no reports on whether police on the island had been trying to stop the partying, mostly by groups of the young.

Police inspected 15 bars and recorded no health safety violations but warned that checks will continue ahead of the peak of the summer holiday season, said Kathimerini, with the arrest on charges of disturbing the peace.

That came after police got a noise complaint about the tenant of a holiday villa who was holding a noisy party with no report whether it was stopped or anyone fined for not following required health measures.

The increased inspections were ordered by Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis, who traveled to Mykonos earlier following reports of at least one big party on the island.

Local media said that private party attracted an estimated 200 people, worrying health officials who said such events are prime breeding grounds to spread the Coronavirus that is rising again in Greece after a lockdown helped hold it down.