As the summer approached, Greece, whose daily number of cases changed around 3 thousand, added a new one to its normalization steps. Cafes, bars and restaurants that have been serving only take-away and home delivery services for months have reopened in the country. As the bans were lifted after the six-month restriction, the people of Greece flocked to cafes and restaurants, enjoying the beautiful weather. Derya Özcan – NTV Athens
After six months of restrictions in Greece, café bars and restaurants started accepting their customers again. Taking advantage of the beautiful weather and Easter, the Athenians filled all the tables from day one.
The operators are satisfied with the attention of the public, but reservations continue. Businesses are worried that people who have been locked out for a long time are going out with excitement on the first day and that this crowd will not be found after a week. Despite all the measures and normalization steps, there is a concern that the number of tourists will not be reached before the pandemic and that the turnover will be low.
Due to the restrictions, customers will only be accommodated at outdoor tables for now. In addition to social distance and hygiene rules, there will be a restriction on having a maximum of six people at the tables.
No standing customers will be served, only customers sitting at the tables will be served. Thus, the total number of customers will be kept under control.
Music is also among the new normally banned. Music will also be banned in businesses on the grounds that it will cause customers to approach each other, speak loudly and spread the virus by overcoming social distance. Despite all the restrictions, it was observed that the public was happy to be seated at outdoor tables again.
While there is a requirement for a mask only during the waiting period for customers, there is a permanent mask requirement for employees. In addition, all employees in the catering sector are obliged to do their own test at home twice a week. One of the tests is given to employees free of charge by the government once a week, while the cost of the second test will be covered by the employer.
Employees are anxious about the number of cases reaching 3 thousand, but the initiation of vaccination for those over the age of 30 gives hope.
Businesses will be able to stay open until 22.45. The evening curfew will start at 23:00 and end at 5 in the morning. Tourism in Greece is preparing to open on May 15th.