Hundreds arrested in Greece for violating new coronavirus measures


The Hellenic Police (ELAS) has arrested a total of 127 people across Greece for violating strict measures introduced by the government in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

According to ELAS, the arrests pertained to owners or managers of hair salons, cafes, restaurants and other food retail outlets, the operation of which have been temporarily suspended.

“There were 48 arrests in Attica, 25 in western Greece, 10 in Thessaly, seven in eastern Macedonia and Thrace, seven in the southern Aegean, five in western Macedonia, five in central Macedonia, five on Crete, four in the Peloponnese, three in Thessaloniki, three in other parts of mainland Greece, two in Epirus, two in the northern Aegean and one in the area of the Ionian islands,” a spokesperson for the ELAS said.

“We received more than 150 calls by citizens filing complaints about businesses defying the measures from the morning until 2pm.”

Some restaurants are following the new measures to combat coronavirus. Source: AP Photo / Thanassis Stavrakis.

The Greek government has decided to shut down these commercial stores in addition to schools, cinemas, bars and restaurants, after the country reported 331 coronavirus cases and four deaths.

A strict 14-day quarantine period for people who enter Greek territory has also been enforced, with authorities fearing the number of coronavirus cases in Greece will grow dramatically in the next month.

“As Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has repeatedly pointed out, the difficult times are still ahead of us. Next month will be very tough. Seriousness, accountability and restraint will be needed,” Greek government spokeswoman, Aristotelia Peloni, said on Monday.

“We urge citizens on a daily basis to strictly comply with the new measures, as well as faithfully follow the advice of experts.”




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

2035: The end of the Greek community of Australia as we know it (Part Two)

In our previous article we referred to the important year 2035, a milestone for the presence and evolution of Hellenism in Australia.

‘Poor Things’ costumes exhibition opens at Benaki Museum in Greece

Costumes from Giorgos Lanthimos' film "Poor Things" are featured in an exhibition inaugurated by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

Meet Joanna Kalafatis: New Greek star of hit Netflix series ‘Maestro in Blue’

Joanna Kalafatis is a beautiful Greek woman with voluminous hair. However, as the saying goes, there’s a lot more than meets the eye.

Archaeologists in Crete mystified by 4000-year-old discovery

A recently discovered 4,000-year-old stone building in Crete is puzzling archaeologists and potentially delaying an airport project.

Greece ranks third among Mediterranean cruise destinations

Data from the Hellenic Ports Association (ELIME) show that Greek ports handled 7,003,150 passengers in 2023, up from 4,629,650 in 2022.

You May Also Like

Greece announces expansion plans for wall along the border with Turkey

Greece has announced its plan to expand the wall along the country’s border with Turkey by three times its length.

The top 5 Greek highlights from the Australian Open 2022

There were two weeks of magic at the Australian Open this year with many highlights from our favourite Greek sport stars.

Promising debut for Greek young gun Peter Mamouzelos

On Saturday, he made his official NRL debut after coming off the bench for the South Sydney side's 24-10 victory over the Newcastle Knights.