Britons may be able to holiday in Greece from June 1 without facing quarantine rules, according to Athens. The Greek government is now looking to ease its lockdown restrictions and revive the country’s usually booming tourism industry. The plan to reopen tourist hotspots and see travellers from various parts of Europe including the UK return to the country could begin from June 1.
However, Britons will still have to be put in quarantine on their return to the UK from Greece, in line with the UK Government’s latest measures.
Boris Johnson announced on Sunday that anyone arriving into the UK from abroad from anywhere other than France and ireland must be quarantined for 14 days.
The plans have already been set in motion with those who own tourism-led businesses returning to their properties on Monday.
Beginning next Monday, workers will be allowed to travel to the country.
“Social distancing rules will apply but we want to continue showing the kind of hospitality we’re known for.”
Mr Theoharis also said previously that the Greek authorities are finding ways to make sure travellers remain safe which includes measures in public places like beaches.
He told German paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ): “This is a comprehensive plan that includes all possible measures: on beaches, in swimming pools or at places where breakfast is served, when transported by bus etc.”
He added: “We want a plan that will guarantee safety but will also be realistic.
“This combination is important so that everyone is able to feel good and relax.”
Greece is one of the few countries that has had a relatively low death rate from the coronavirus.
Currently, there have been 4.2 million cases of coronavirus worldwide and over 280,000 deaths.
Greece has had only 151 deaths from the coronavirus and a total of 2,726 cases.
The Greek government imposed lockdown rules early which halted the spread of the virus quickly.
Reportedly, more than 60,000 fines were issued to those who violated lockdown rules.
The UK has had 223,000 cases and over 32,000 deaths.
However, today, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has said that the death toll is more likely above 40,000.
Published at Tue, 12 May 2020 11:33:00 +0000