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Greek Ferry Companies Complain About COVID-19 Measures

ATHENS — Joining other sectors in complaining about measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 with the end of a lockdown, Greece’s coastal shipping companies said the protocols mean they can’t make money and are difficult to implement.

Ferries are limited carrying only up to 50 percent for high-speed vessels and  65 percent for conventional boats, and keep people at least 1.5 meters (4.92 feet) apart while no board with no word on how that could be implemented at sea or who would enforce it.

Passengers are also required to wear masks even in open spaces outside of cabins, with the operators telling Kathimerini that having fewer paying customers and the social distancing requirements will cut into an already shortened season.

They also reportedly said that trying to make riders and staff wear masks, even on open desks in the outdoor air, is causing a lot of tension that can’t be contained.

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