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Greece Imposes No Standing Allowed at Restaurants, Nightclubs, and Bars

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Owners of Greek bars and nightclubs fear that new limitations permitting only seated customers may hurt revenue during the crucial summer season, but they stated on Wednesday that they accept the rules as necessary to curb a Coronavirus outbreak.

On July 8, authorities reimposed restrictions on restaurants, nightclubs, and pubs, which took effect on July 8. There is no standing customers allowed.

“It’s a step back, and it’ll undoubtedly have an impact on tourism, but it’s deemed necessary to avoid losing the rest of the summer. We’ll wait patiently “Ilias Babatsikos, a 27-year-old beach bar manager in the Athens neighbourhood of Alimos, agreed.

Greece has had a recent 75% surge in new infections, particularly the more dangerous Delta form, has health experts concerned. Health officials recorded 2,061 new confirmed cases on July 8, and 1997 new cases on July 9 with an 7 dat average of 1,550 cases daily. The cases over more than tripled since the 361 cases recorded on June 28, 2021.

Babatsikos acknowledged that enforcing the new seated rules would be tough, but hoped that customers would adhere to the rules. Many of the new instances, authorities said on Tuesday, were young people and were related to entertainment places. If a business is discovered to be breaking the new laws, it will be fined heavily, and repeat violators may lose their operating licences.

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