Music re-allowed in bars and restaurants: Greece

Music will be allowed once again in bars and restaurants around Greece, the government announced on Thursday 27th January.

Some of the restrictions put in place during December 2021 to contain the spread of the fast spreading Omicron variant of coronavirus will now be lifted, including allowing music to be played and extending the opening hours at entertainment venues like bars and restaurants.

“We have decided to scale back the restrictions, taking into consideration the course of the pandemic in terms of cases which have been declining in recent weeks,” stated Health Minister Thanos Plevris, via a televised address.

During December, bars, nightclubs and restaurants were compelled to close at midnight, with no standing customers and no music, following a surge of cases over the Christmas holidays. Ministed Plevris explained that despite ongoing pressure on the health system, the rate of hospital admissions and discharges and milder symptomatic illness for the Omicron variant compared to Delta allowed authorities to ease the curbs.

Capacity restrictions will remain in place for sport events, while a double mask is still mandatory in supermarkets and transport.