Greece implements new beach rules to curb Covid-19 spread under the sun



Greece has announced a revised set of beach regulations to be implemented on all Greek beaches, to minimise the risk of Covid-19 contagion.

Among other things, social distancing rules still apply while beach bars are now allowed to serve food and beverages, but not permitted to play music or hold parties and similar events.

The revised beach regulations:

  • Only two people can be seated under a single umbrella with the exception of families with young children.
  • Beach beds should be placed at least 1.5 meters apart from neighbouring umbrella; umbrellas should be placed 4 meters apart.
  • Team sports involving close contact are forbidden.
  • Beach bars and cafes or mobile units offering food and drink can serve items in a package (and continue to offer take-away services). Dispersed chairs and tables are allowed in café or bar space with customers seated at least 1.5 meters apart.
  • Social distancing and hygiene rules apply throughout.
  • Beach bars and cafés are not allowed to play music or hold parties and similar events.
  • Beach capacity has been set at 40 people per 1,000m2.

Employees are advised to wear masks and seaside businesses not enforcing the regulations will face fines of up to 25,000 euros and 20-day closure.

Organised beaches in Greece reopened on Saturday, May 16. 

Greece was also recently ranked second in the world for the Blue Flag quality award list of beaches, marinas and sustainable tourism boats.