Mykonos: Party island turned coronavirus hotspot


Parties, beach and now, coronavirus. Mykonos, one of Greece’s biggest party islands, is feared to be the new epicentre of a Greek coronavirus spike.

The island saw a slow rising spike last week after a popular beach bar, Alemagou, was shut down by Greek authorities last Thursday. It was confirmed that seven staff members tested positive for the virus, with infection fears for guests of the beach bar.

More than 80 people have been told to isolate in their residences regardless of their test results, according to local media.

Psarrou beach, Mykonos, July 2019. Photo: Peter Oglos/The Greek Herald

This COVID-19 outbreak isn’t the first for the popular beach bar, however, with the bar also closing for 60 days back in June after owners were caught disobeying safety regulations.

Rave parties and large gatherings are feared to be potential breeding grounds for the virus, with almost no social distancing taking place on the party island.

Read More: Greek beach named safest post-COVID beach in Europe

The mayor of Mykonos, Konstantinos Koukas had requested the health teams visited the island amid mounting concern over safety violations at bars and nightclubs.

“The protection of public health is not only a duty but is the necessary precondition for maintaining the good image of the country and of the island internationally,” said Mr Koukas.

Last week the country’s Civil Protection Minister ordered increased inspections of bars and nightclubs after a party at a private villa drew more than 200 people. Police say the crackdown will intensify ahead of the peak summer season.

Locals and tourists have recently been subject to spot tests by officials from the country’s public health organisation.




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


Latest News

Greece’s National Boxing Team bag four medals at European Championships

Greece's National Boxing Team returned from Croatia on Monday with four medals after participating in the "Youth Men and Women" EUBC (European Boxing Confederation)...

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia backs call for calm after Sydney bishop terror attack

NSW Premier Chris Minns and NSW Multicultural Minister Steve Kamper convened a meeting on Tuesday for faith leaders in the community following the attack...

Greece becomes first country in Europe to ban bottom trawling in marine parks

Greece has become the first country in Europe to prohibit bottom trawling in all national marine parks and protected areas. Bottom trawling by industrial boats...

Paris 2024 torch officially lit in ancient Olympia

The Olympic torch embarked on its journey to Paris from the Greek birthplace of games, Ancient Olympia, following the official flame lighting ceremony on...

Fifty years strong: Celebrating the enduring legacy of Modern Greek at Sydney University

The Department of Modern Greek at the University of Sydney marks its milestone 50th anniversary this year and to celebrate, more than 100 past...

You May Also Like

Restraining order extended for Melbourne community leader Tony Tsourdalakis

A personal intervention order placed on former President of the Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand (CFANZ), Tony Tsourdalakis, has been extended by...

Greek officials satisfied with joint EU statement on Turkey

Government officials of Cyprus and Greece are satisfied with the joint statement of the 27 EU leaders on Turkey, which, as they say, is based...

Secretary General for Greeks Abroad congratulates GCM’s new Executive Team

Greece’s Secretary General for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy, John Chrysoulakis, has sent a letter of congratulations to the new Board of Directors of...