Greece officially opens to foreign tourists in mid-May. As last year, hotels will have to comply with the health protocols that were just published.
The guidelines were jointly agreed by the Ministries of Finance, Health and Tourism after consultation with the National Public Health Organization (EODY), the Coronavirus Commission and representatives of the tourism industry.
Sanitary regulations will apply to all types of accommodation facilities, regardless of class, size, or technical and operational issues. Each of them must define a compatible management plan in case guests show symptoms of coronavirus.
Hotels with more than 50 rooms must have a general operating system developed for individual parts of the facility (common areas, kitchens, restaurants, stadiums, spa centers, swimming pools). They are also obligated to cooperate with a physician who, if necessary, will take care of patients suspected of having covid-19.
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Staff should be trained in health protocols and followed. They face fines ranging from 500 to 5,000 euros for breaking the law, and authorities can suspend the hotel for 15 to 90 days.
Clients also need to follow directions that include, but are not limited to wearing face masks, avoiding direct greetings, maintaining social distancing, and following signs reminding you of being away from you.
The facilities will also maintain a database of information about their employees and guests – their names, country of origin, date of arrival and departure, as well as address, phone number and email address, so that they can be contacted at a later time. Time should show that covid-19 showed up at the hotel.
All employees are required to take a rapid coronavirus test once a week – according to EODA guidelines, it must be performed by medical staff or a doctor. Hotels can also offer this service to outside clients.
Compared to last year, there have been changes in the operation of the restaurant. Guests will be able to use the buffets themselves in the facilities in which they live.
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In catering establishments, containers containing disinfectant liquid should be installed in front of the buffet, and employees are responsible for making sure that customers use it every time, as well as to verify that they have spaces, one from the other.
All accommodation facilities must obtain a “health first” certificate.
The guidelines will be in effect until May 31, 2022.
The ministerial decision also describes rules for other tourism businesses, including camping sites, spa centers, transportation companies, and car rental companies.