Greece holidays: Country introduces new colour-coded map showing covid hotspots

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Mainland Greece and all Greek islands are now exempt from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel. The island of Mykonos was added back to the travel corridor list earlier this month, meaning that the whole of Greece is now open to Britons. However, despite being on the travel corridor list, the country has recorded a spike in coronavirus cases over the past few weeks.

The country has recorded 35,510 cases of coronavirus and 615 deaths, at the time of writing.

Over the last few days, the country has been recording over 1,000 cases a day.

Now, Greece has put a colour-coded map in place which covers all of the country’s 74 regions.

The map shows you which regions are safe and which ones should be avoided.

Greek civil protection minister explained what the new colour-coded system meant.

He said: “Red areas on the map are risk 4 meaning strictest measures, with night time curfews, all cafes, bars and entertainment venues closed and masks everywhere.

“Orange level 3 means that there is increased monitoring of the situation, with curfew and masks indoors and outdoors.

“Yellow level 2 means increased monitoring and green means that there are very few cases.”

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The Greek capital of Athens is currently in the orange zone which means there is a curfew in place between 12.30am and 5am and mandatory use of masks in all outdoor and indoor spaces, including indoor workplaces.

Other regions in the orange level include the islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamis, and Spetses, and Zakynthos (Zante).

Visitors to Athens can often get flights and ferries to other Greek islands.

Crete has one yellow zone and three green zones making it a perfect winter sun destination.

Those in the yellow level have a 50 percent limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events which includes cinemas, theatres and concerts.

The operation of restaurants, bars, clubs and entertainment venues is also prohibited.

Face masks are also mandatory in crowded outdoor spaces as well as indoors and on public transport.

There are still restrictions in place for those in the green level.

One of the restrictions includes a 65 percent limit on the usual capacity of all public events and entertainment events (including cinemas, theatres and concerts) involving the presence of the public.

Restaurants, bars, clubs and entertainments in the green zone are also prohibited from operating between 1am and 5am.

Britons should be aware that travel to Greece is currently subject to certain entry restrictions.

Travellers to Greece have to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before they travel.

Those who fail to fill out the form may not be allowed to travel, receive a €500 fine on arrival in Greece or may not be allowed to enter the country.

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