ATHENS – Shipping and Island Policy Minister Yiannis Plakiotakis, in cooperation with Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias, on Friday announced measures for ferry routes in the context of the measures against the spread of the coronavirus.
In this context, from Saturday March 21, only permanent island residents and supplies will be allowed to travel on the ferries, and those that wish to depart from the islands on the return journey.
The relevant decisions are due to be issued shortly.
In his message Plakiotakis underlined:
“As you are aware the government is taking all the measures that can contribute to the containment of the coronavirus pandemic. The main message is “we stay at home” and limit our movements to those that are absolutely necessary, in order to protect ourselves and our compatriots. In this context, from March 21 at 06:00, only the permanent residents of the islands will be allowed to travel with the ferries. All sea routes will be conducted for the permanent residents and for absolutely necessary reasons and to supply the islands, as well as for those that want to leave the islands. In this way, we protect the islanders because, as the prime minister said in his message, the smaller the island, the more difficult if impossible will be the treatment of someone who gets infected by the virus. We therefore show social responsibility. We prevent the spread of the pandemic. We stay home,” Plakiotakis said.