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New Coronavirus rules brought in for Zante after Tui flight cases

Tourists in Zante will face a new coronavirus crackdown after at least 16 people returning from the Greek island tested positive for the virus.

Everyone on board a TUI flight has been told to self isolate after the cases were confirmed, with one passenger telling of ‘selfish covidiots’ refusing to wear masks and an ‘inept crew’.

The foreign office is warning travellers of local restrictions coming into force on the Greek islands of Zante, Paros and Antiparos from midnight.

People on the islands will be made to wear face masks in indoor public spaces, banned from gatherings of more than nine people and limited to just six people on restaurant tables.

People returning from mainland Greece are not currently being told to quarantine and the Government is not expected to add the country to the list in the coming days.

But travellers to the three islands will still face harsh restrictions from tomorrow.

The new rules include: 

  • Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.
  • A ban on gatherings of more than nine people, either indoors or outdoors;
  • A limit of four people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is six people;
  • Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc.
  • Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day.

The changes follow 16 confirmed cases of Covid-19 linked to a Tui flight from Zante to Cardiff on August 25. 

More than 200 passengers have been told to self-isolate for two weeks following the incident. 

A passenger on the plane told the BBC that ‘the flight was full of selfish covidiots and inept crew who couldn’t care less.’

Stephanie Whitfield, 39, described only seeing one woman being asked to put her mask on, and added: ‘The vast majority of people weren’t being spoken to, and there was a chap sat next to me who had his mask around his chin for the full flight, and the stewardess was talking to him and she didn’t say anything to him.’

Dr Gwen Lowe, a consultant in communicable disease control for Public Health Wales, said that 30 Covid-19 cases in Wales could be traced back to Zante. 

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