ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece will make mask-wearing compulsory on the decks of ferries cruising to its islands, extending the requirement beyond indoor public areas, after an abrupt rise in coronavirus infections that could put its essential tourism season at danger.

FILE IMAGE: A ferry sails near the island of Santorini, Greece, May 6,2020 Image taken May 6,2020 REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis/File Image

Greece reported 110 new cases on Saturday, its greatest single-day boost in a number of weeks. Another 75 confirmed cases were reported on Sunday.

Last week Greece made mask-wearing compulsory in all indoor public areas and also in outside areas where correct social distancing can not be observed.

The federal government is likewise considering further curbs.

” Compliance with this step is vital to prevent more extreme steps that would minimize passenger-load limits on ships,” federal government representative Stelios Petsas informed reporters.

The brand-new procedure will go into impact from Tuesday till Aug. 18, as the summertime holiday hits its peak.

Greece has actually up until now confirmed 4,662 COVID-19 cases and 208 deaths, a fairly low number compared to lots of European countries, after enforcing a lockdown in the spring.

But rates have been creeping up after a lull from late Might to late July.

Cyprus stated on Sunday it would present obligatory screening for all arrivals from Greece from Aug. 6. The eastern Mediterranean island is thought to be the very first country to require tests on arrivals from Greece because the lockdown relieved.

” It is a decision which personally I do not comprehend, I think it is wrong or a minimum of I don’t know the criteria on which it was based,” Greek Tourist Minister Harry Theocharis informed Parapolitika radio.

” I hope there will be some sort of interaction, some understanding in between epidemiologists from both sides,” he said, adding that Greece is a safe country.

Tourist is a crucial chauffeur of Greece’s economy which is seen diminishing approximately 10 percent this year and is slowly emerging from a years of financial obligation crisis. Greece is a popular vacation location for thousands of Cypriots.

Extra reporting by Renee Maltezou; Editing by David Holmes and Nick Macfie

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