ATHENS, Greece: Following a rise in Covid cases, Greece has banned music in restaurants and bars on the tourist island of Mykonos.
A night time curfew has also been set on the island.
Mykonos attracts over one million tourists each summer, including Hollywood stars, models and world-famous athletes.
Following a Covid outbreak, the Civil Protection Ministry has prohibited all music, regardless of the time, in shops, cafes and beach bars. Also, no one will be allowed on the streets between 1 a.m to 6 a.m.
The tourism industry represents one-fifth of the Greek economy. Tourism collapsed during the summer of 2020 due to Covid, and restaurants, bars and hotels are hoping to see tourism begin to rebuild itself.
As the number of Covid infections increased in recent weeks, the government has required vaccinations for healthcare workers and nursing home staff, and allowed only vaccinated customers indoors at restaurants and clubs.
However, Mykonos Mayor Konstantinos Koukas has called the new restrictions "unfair" and "misguided."
"Mykonos cannot be the only island where music won't be heard... the only thing this will achieve is that visitors will go to another island," he posted on Facebook.
The restrictions on Mykonos will be in place until July 26.