The announcement of the introduction of new restrictions on Mikonos has made more tourists cancel their holidays on this Greek island, writes Reuters. A curfew and a ban on playing music in restaurants are to apply until July 26.
Tourism accounts for as much as 20 percent. Greek economy. Given such a significant share of this sector in domestic GDP, Greece desperately expects a significant influx of tourists and a rebound after the 2020 crisis, writes Reuters.
However, making up for losses may be hampered by the new restrictions. According to an announcement by the Greek government, Until July 26, there will be a curfew from 1 am to 6 am on the island of Mikonos. Restrictions were also imposed on eating places. Music will not be played in bars and restaurants.
Mykonos is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece. During the high season, the island attracts over a million vacationers, including many celebrities. Mykonos is famous not only for its picturesque beaches, but also for its parties and rich nightlife.
“Destruction of the economy at a crucial moment”
“They decided to destroy the island’s economy at a key time of the year,” said Iraklis Zisimopoulos, owner of two hotels, restaurants and four bars on the island. “I hope they change their minds soon,” emphasized Zisimopoulos. He added that he had already had 30-40 canceled hotel reservations.
On Sunday morning the bars and clubs were closed and the narrow streets of the island, usually filled with crowds of party people, were deserted.
– I lost money, time, I took days off for nothing. Goodbye Mikonos, said Dina, a tourist from Saudi Arabia.
– It’s my birthday. I came to celebrate and there is no music so I can’t celebrate them, complained the Spanish traveler Jesus Marino. “Bring the music back, please, please, please,” he was saying.
“Our vacation has been ruined,” said Camilla Pierce from the UK.
Other travelers admit that they will spend their holidays on nearby islands.
Restrictions in Greece
In recent weeks, the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections in Greece has increased significantly. To contain the epidemic, vaccination against COVID-19 has been mandatory for medical workers and nursing home staff.
Access to many indoor areas, such as restaurants, bars and cinemas, is only possible from Friday with a vaccination certificate or a negative coronavirus test result no earlier than three days ago.
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