Zante in Greece gets midnight curfew and four-person limit on restaurant tables after TUI coronavirus flight

BRITISH holidaymakers are being warned of extra Covid rules for the Greek island of Zante.

The FCO warning of local restrictions on the Greek islands of Zante, Paros and Antiparos comes after 16 coronavirus cases were linked to a flight last Tuesday, that brought tourists back to Wales from Greece.

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Everyone who was on the flight is being told to isolate themselves for two weeks.

New local restrictions for Zante include:

  • Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
  • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors.
  • A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people.
  • Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs and markets.
  • A curfew of all food/catering services, shops and facilities between midnight and 7am the following day.

Public Health Wales says it is contacting almost 200 people who were aboard the Tui flight from the Greek island of Zante to Cardiff, Wales, on Tuesday.

Passenger Stephanie Whitfield complained people were not wearing their face masks properly on the flight.

She told the BBC: "The flight was a debacle. The chap next to me had his mask around his neck. Not only did the airline not pull him up on it, they gave him a free drink when he said he knew a member of the crew.

"Loads of people were taking their masks off and wandering up and down the aisles to talk to others.

"As soon as the flight landed, a load of people took their masks off immediately. The flight was full of selfish 'covidiots' and an inept crew who couldn't care less."

Stephanie said she and her husband had chosen to self-isolate before they had even learned about the positive cases.

Gwen Lowe of Public Health Wales says 30 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the last week among people who returned from Zante on several flights. She says the number is expected to rise.

The U.K. requires people arriving from overseas to quarantine for two weeks, unless they are coming from one of more than 70 countries and territories considered at low risk from the coronavirus.

Greece is on the exemption list and is not expected to be removed this week.

The cumulative number of cases per 100,000 of the population over the course of seven days is currently 14.9, that is still well below the 20 per 100,000 believed to be the government benchmark for imposing quarantine restrictions. 

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