US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — On Saturday, May 16, in Greece, due to the 30-degree heat, organized beaches open two months ago that were closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now they will work according to the new rules. According to the government, their discovery will be a test of willingness to resume tourism.
Previously it was planned to allow swimming in the sea from June 1, but now the plans have changed. Due to the high air temperature established in Greece, as well as taking into account weather forecasts and epidemiological data, it was decided to open 515 organized beaches.
On beaches with a controlled entrance, mandatory control of the number of visitors will be introduced – the maximum number of people will be 40 people per one thousand square meters.
The minimum distance between the racks of umbrellas is 4 meters, while under one umbrella there can be no more than two sun loungers, with the exception of families with minor children. The minimum distance between two sunbeds under different umbrellas is 1.5 meters.
After each client, the beach staff is required to disinfect the sun loungers, and vacationers are required to use a towel on the sun lounger.
Catering enterprises will be allowed to sell only products in take-away packaging; it is prohibited to consume and sell alcoholic beverages. It is not allowed to set tables and chairs in beach cafes and bars, and the minimum distance between pending customer service will be 1.5 meters.
Compliance with the restrictions will be strictly monitored, and fines and penalties in case of violation will be severe: for the first violation, the fine will be from 5 thousand to 20 thousand euros, depending on the area of the institution, and its activities will be suspended for 30 days. In the event of a repeated violation, the fine and the period for which the company’s activities are suspended will be tripled.
It is assumed that the introduced rules will apply in the event of the opening of the tourist season in Greece.
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