The evolution of the situation and impact on tourism in Crete and Greece by the coronavirus from May 4, 2020.
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May 5, 2020 (Tuesday):Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis hopes to open the summer tourist season on 1st July.
The Greek Prime Minister said in the interview that he would describe the potential conditions that would allow foreigners to enter the country: prior testing for COVID-19, European health protocols and surveillance. And he stressed that the holiday experience in Greece will be radically different from previous years, given the rules of social distance and only ‘provided that the global epidemic is on the decline’.
The best scenario is that Greece will open for business on July 1st, and we are working towards that,’ Mitsotakis told CNN. But of course this affects the airlines, because most people fly to Greece and that requires very strict but enforceable protocols.
The government’s plan to resume or support tourism was announced by the Minister of Tourism:
Protocols are being prepared for hotels, marinas, sailing, transport in tourist buses, airplanes, etc. They are realistic, the minister said, adding that the conditions are such that neither the health of citizens, nor the reputation of destinations, nor the health of visitors will be endangered.
Greek tourism will be ready to receive tourists. But if the German government, the Russian government and the US government quarantine those who return from our country, no tourists will come.
The president of the Panhellenic Federation of Hoteliers, Grigoris Tassios, instead … is forecasting a ‘black year’ for tourism this year and is pinning his hopes on salvation ‘in God and in Lagarde’, in other words European money …
While the opening of the border can be seen as a simple process, the arrival of “pure” holidaymakers on the shores is currently the big problem for our tourism. “Suppose the borders are opened, foreign tourists come, check that they are not infected with the virus, and in a tourist accommodation unit there is a case from our own origin. Shouldn’t it be quarantined? And what does it mean for those who have spent money to come? There are many complex issues that need to be addressed.
Movements outside the prefecture and administrative district of permanent residence and will be prohibited until 06:00 a.m. on 18 May 2020 – with a few unavoidable exceptions.
By noon today, fines (€150 each) have been imposed on three Cretans who did not wear masks and did not keep their distance.
For unauthorized movements outside the prefecture of the place of residence etc., 5 offenses in Crete were fined 150 € each.
Today ten new corona cases in Greece (to a total of 2,642, of which 1,122 are active and 35 are serious), no deaths. For more than three weeks now, no corona case has been detected in Crete.
May 4, 2020 (Monday):
Again, only six new corona cases (to 2,632, of which 1,112 are active and 35 with a severe course), and two more deaths (to a total of 146).
According to the Deputy Minister of Development and Investment, Nikos Papathanasis, the following companies were reopened today:
The Assortment Bookstore stores, newspapers and stationery materials, computers, peripherals and software, telecommunications equipment, sports equipment, flowers, MOT, hairdressing salons, barber shops, beauty salons, shoeshine services and visual and shops selling hearing aids.
Call for PLANNING: Estimate your strategy for the immediate and distant future of the business. Calculate the probability of new cases and new measures to limit business activity in the fall. Check whether the business model is feasible and adjust it if necessary. If necessary, ask government bodies, the relevant associations and chambers for help.
Here to the previous part: Corona situation on Crete until May 3, 2020.
Corona cases in Greece
Official government site about Corona cases in Greece
Information from the Greek Ministry of Health on Coronavirus in Greece (English)
Official Greek information site on coronavirus (Greek)