Music banned in Mykonos, Greece in new COVID-19 restrictions

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ATHENS, July 17 (Reuters) – Greece has banned music in restaurants and bars and imposed a nighttime curfew on its popular holiday island of Mykonos on Saturday after an increase in new coronavirus infections there.

Known as the party island of the super-rich, Mykonos is one of Greece’s most popular destinations, attracting over a million visitors each summer, including Hollywood stars, world-famous models and athletes.

Following a “worrying” local outbreak, the Civil Protection Ministry said it was banning music on the island 24 hours a day, including in shops, cafes and beach bars. He also said he would restrict travel between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., except for those going to work or hospital.

Greece depends on tourism for a fifth of its economy and is in desperate need of a strong season this year after a dire 2020 when visitor numbers and revenues plummeted.

The number of infections has increased in Greece in recent weeks, forcing the government to mandate vaccination of healthcare workers and nursing home staff, and to introduce new restrictions across the country, including allowing only clients vaccinated inside restaurants and clubs.

The mayor of Mykonos, Konstantinos Koukas, said imposing measures at the height of the tourist season was “unfair” and “ill-advised”.

“Mykonos cannot be the only island where music will not be heard… the only thing it will allow is that visitors will go to another island,” he wrote on Facebook.

The government banned music in restaurants and bars across the country in May to prevent people from having to come close to each other to be heard, increasing the chances of transmission of the virus. He lifted this measure when the infections subsided.

“We call on the residents, visitors and professionals of our beautiful island to strictly follow the measures (…) so that we can quickly control and contain the spread of the virus and Mykonos can return to normal,” said the ministry.

The restrictions on Mykonos will be in place until July 26.

Reporting by Karolina Tagaris; Editing by Christina Fincher

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