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COVID-19 Checks Catch Greek Bar in Violation, Hit With 3,000-Euro Fine

ATHENS – Greek police are stepping up checks for violations of COVID-19 health protocols and fined the owner of a bar in the western Athens neighborhood of Peristeri 3,000 euros ($3524.19) for letting a crowd mingle too closely.

The establishment wasn't identified but escaped a maximum fine of 10,000 euros ($11,747.30) that could be imposed along with being closed for a number of days for egregious violators.

The Attica Police Headquarters (GADA) carried out 25,414 checks on Oct. 26 and said there were 650 cases of rules being broken requiring the wearing of face masks and and 183 for breaking a curfew requiring places to close between 12:30 a.m.-5 a.m.

That's designed to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus that is spiraling out of control in a second wave with bar owners complaining the early shut down is arbitrary and the government still allowing mass gatherings in such facilities although they can be superspreaders.

The café-bar in Peristeri was cited for allowing a large number of standing customers in violation fo social distance requirements they be at least 1.5 meters (4.92 feet) apart, physically impossible in some closed spaces.

The New Democracy government has been unable to get enough compliance with health measures to slow the spread of the virus but said it's not consdering a second lockdown despite the surge in cases and deaths, with police cracking down even more. 

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