Mykonos Shuts off Music and Implements Curfew as COVID Cases Rise in Greece

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The music died last week on the popular Greek island of Mykonos. The country reopened to tourism in mid-May but is now implementing regulations and restrictions as the number of covid cases rise.

According to Reuters, new rules in Mykonos include a curfew from 1 a.m. until 6 a.m. with the only exception of those going to or from work or to the hospital. The island, known for its bar and clubbing scene, has a ban on music in all public areas at any time. This includes beach clubs, bars, shops, cafes, and restaurants.

A previous ban on music was dropped in June when covid cases dipped, but as the country deals with a recent rise, the government has reimplemented them. According to Reuters, Greece says the no music regulation prevents people from getting close to one another to hear others speaking.

New restrictions also include no standing indoors at bars or restaurants. All patrons must be seated to avoid overcrowding. 

Greece already has measures in place that only allow vaccinated people to dine indoors. Unvaccinated individuals are still welcome to eat outdoors. 

The country reported its highest day of covid infections on April 4. New daily infections as of July 25 measure about 87% of that, averaging nearly 2,700 new cases per day.

To enter Greece, all tourists need a negative covid test (PCR or rapid) or proof of vaccination.

Get the latest information on requirements to enter Greece here.


Lauren is a freelance journalist from Seattle. She travels the globe in search of the best grocery stores, bouldering gyms, and snorkeling locations. Her mission at Freedom Is Everything is to help others make the transition into location-independent lifestyles.