Greece to Open Some Beaches ahead of Heat Wave

ATHENS — Greece will allow the reopening of some beaches Saturday when a heat wave is expected to hit the country.

Businesses running beaches, renting out sun umbrellas and sunbeds will be open as of 08:00 on Saturday, under restrictions. These include recording the number of bathers present (max. 40 people per 1,000 sqm), distances between umbrellas (min. 4 meters), and restrictions on the number of sunbeds per umbrella (two, except for families with minors). Bathers will also be obliged to lie on their beach towels rather than the bed itself.

Facilities will only sell pre-packaged goods, while refreshment stands, coffee shops and the like will operate as take-aways, not allowing seating. The sale of alcoholic beverages is banned, and delivery will not be allowed in the area. Customers must keep a distance of 1.5 meters from one another while ordering. All group contact sports at beaches are also banned.

On the new outbreak of 10 infections in the Roma settlement of Nea Smyrni, Larissa, authorities said 17 health authority groups had collected 652 test samples, while contact tracing was continuing. According to media reports, the outbreak included 7 members of a single family.

Contact tracing is also continuing on the island of Lesvos, where two recently arrived migrants were confirmed infected by the coronavirus. A total of 25 residents of the island and 2 coast guards are at home quarantine as having come into close contact with the two migrants, also isolated since their diagnosis.



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