COVID-19: Mykonos bans music in bars and restaurants, begins nighttime curfew after increase in cases | World news
Music has been banned from restaurants and bars on the Greek island of Mykonos and a nighttime curfew has been imposed after an increase in coronavirus cases.
Greece The Civil Protection Ministry said the 24-hour music ban affected shops, cafes and beach bars.
Under curfew, only people going to work or to the hospital will be allowed to go out between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.
These measures were motivated by a “worrying” increase in COVID infections, but the island’s mayor, Konstantinos Koukas, said imposing measures at the height of the tourist season was “unfair” and “ill-advised”.
He wrote on Facebook: “Mykonos cannot be the only island where music will not be heard … the only thing it will allow is that visitors will go to another island.”
The ministry said in a statement: “We call on the residents, visitors and professionals of our beautiful island to strictly follow the measures (…) so that we can quickly control and contain the spread of the virus and that Mykonos can return to normal “.
Known as the party island of the super-rich, Mykonos is one of Greece’s most popular destinations, attracting over a million visitors each summer, including Hollywood stars, world-famous models and athletes.
Greece, which is currently on the UK’s Orange Travel List, depends on tourism for 20% of its economy.
He desperately needs a strong season this year after a disastrous 2020 where the number of visitors and income
Among those who might be disappointed by the news of the music ban and curfew are several England footballers.
Mason Mount, Luke Shaw, Kyle Walker and Declan Rice were filmed together singing Neil Diamond’s hit Sweet Caroline while on vacation on the island after Euro 2020.
The video, which appeared on social media, showed Walker swinging his shirt as he danced, while the others sat at a table in a restaurant.
The Three Lions lost 3-2 on penalties to Italy in Sunday’s Wembley final.