UPDATED 23:30 22/03/20
23/3/20 - TOTAL LOCKDOWN FROM 6am tomorrow (23 March) until 6 April 2020:
From 6am tomorrow and for each occasion, anyone leaves their home, each person must have documentation and ID/Passport WITH THEM stating the reason for being out of their home. They must be able to provide the police or authorities with the form and ID when requested or will get an immediate fine of €150.
The form and further details will be found online at https://forma.gov.gr/ This website has just been activated but is not yet in English. If you don’t have a printer you will be able to handwrite the statement you are given. It is also intended that you will be able to get the authorisation by SMS but the number 13033, is not yet activated.
Section A is for essential workers.
Section B is for any other reasons to leave the house, which is limited only to:
1 Going to the chemist or doctor by appointment
2 Essential Food shopping (when it’s not possible to be delivered)
3 Visiting the bank (if transactions can’t be done online)
4 To visit a needy/ill person or family member
5 Attending a church service, funeral, wedding or baptism
6 Walking the dog (no more than 2 people walking 1.5 meters apart) or to go jogging for exercise (only 1 person on their own) Not on beaches
7 Travelling to permanent country or place of residential address (once only during this time)
Any infringement of the law; e.g. for incorrect declaration, for not having the prescribed permit or not having your ID/Passport will incur a fine of €150.
The police and authorities will be using CCTV and drones to help enforcement.
Please also note that anyone who breaks their 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Greece from abroad will be fined €5000.
Announced 20/3/20 to come into force Saturday 21/3/20 at 06:00 No sea travel to any of the Greek Islands, obviously Hydra as well, from 6am tomorrow (Sat 21st March) announced by Government to curb travel by non-residents. Anyone wanting to travel by dolphin/cat, on the Freedom (from Metochi), the Christos (from Ermioni) and even with a sea taxi (from the mainland) will be required to show their AFM with their address of permanent residency on Hydra before being allowed to travel. And even then, it must be for emergency/essential reasons. Non-residents on the island will be allowed to leave. The government is expected to issue the relevant ministerial decision detailing its decision's context and exceptions.
Announced 19/3/20 to come into force Sunday 22/3/20 all passenger flights in and out of Greece to STOP. See: http://en.protothema.gr/coronavirus-lockdown-no-flights-to-from-greece-starting-from-sunday/
18/3/20 Meetings of more than 10 people are banned.
18/3/20 Police on Hydra are respectfully asking non-essential people walking in the town who are obviously not on essential business to return to where they are staying.
17/3/20: EU has now CLOSED external borders (as of 12 noon today, Tuesday 17th March) for 30 days (until 15th April) in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. So no flights in or out of the European Union. In spite of Brexit, UK nationals are still allowed to fly home from Greece, but the Foreign Office is recommending Britons only leave the UK for ESSENTIAL reasons.
As of Wednesday 18th March, anyone coming into Greece from abroad must mandatorily self isolate in their own homes for 14 days.
As of Wednesday 18th March, all non-essential shops must close (on Hydra this applies to clothes, jewellery, gift shops etc.) All essential services such as post office, banks, couriers, supermarkets, pet shop, heating/gas suppliers will stay open with restrictions as to how many people can enter at the same time.
For any municipal or KEDY services you must use online facilities and phone. You are NOT allowed to just call in without an appointment. You MUST PHONE FIRST.
Municipality: 22983 20202
KEDY Office: 22983 20260
for the revenue section: mainly for applications for square meters correction, citizens are asked to use the special electronic application: https://tetragonika.govapp.gr/. The relevant deadline is 30/6/2020.
Social grocery store: 22093 20204
All types of tourist accommodation closed until the 30th of April. This applies to holiday rentals, hotels, guesthouses and any other temporary accommodation.
The 3-island cruise boat is no longer stopping at Hydra at the request of our Mayor.
All schools have been closed and the playground locked.
The island’s restaurants, cafes and bars are closed. Those that can, like the Isalos and Psarapoula, are providing packed takeaway food which can be ordered by phone or email.
The museums are closed.
Organised beaches are closed.
The Hydra’s Trail Event at the beginning of April has been cancelled. https://hydrastrail.gr/?lang=en
The supermarkets are operating at full strength, the shelves are well stocked and there is no panic buying. To help islanders, it is possible to phone and email shopping lists to the supermarkets for home deliveries.
Bexis/Kritikos 22980 52283
Rabias 22980 54064
Maragos 22980 52111
Mitsiou 22980 52520
SuperKmarket 22980 53707
Four Corners 22980 53537
In case of illness (regardless of type, phone for instructions first)
Rafalias Pharmacy 22980 52059
Gavalas Pharmacy 22980 53260
Hospital 22980 53150 or 53151
GP Surgery 22980 52420
16/3/20 - new restrictions for Supermarkets come into force limiting the number of people allowed in shops at the same time, etc. For Hydriots it is now even more important that you phone your order to your shop for home delivery to avoid spending a long time outside waiting to get inside!
The pharmacies, doctors, nurses, surgery and hospital are all functioning but people must phone first for instructions in case of illness. There have been no reported instances of Coronavirus on Hydra. IF that should happen, the municipality already has the helicopter on standby to evacuate any cases quickly without them having to use the public transport boats.
The hydrofoils and passenger boats and supply boats are all still running to provide supplies and for emergency travel.
16/03/20 - The Hydrofoils are for EMERGENCY travel only - day trips off the island or to the island is not an emergency!
The island’s builders and trades are still operating at full strength. And those who would normally be working in cafes, etc. are busy with DIY projects that the winter weather put off but can now be completed with the glorious weather we are having here.
Hydra is well covered with a good internet connection and so communication has been good. It’s rapidly becoming the preferred method of communication by islanders who are staying at home.
I hope this helps to explain the state of the measures taken so you can make informed decisions in the short term if you were planning to visit Hydra.
I must also say a personal thank you to all the Municipality, Medical and Emergency Services of Hydra for implementing all the measures necessary to keep us all safe. It is impressive and very reassuring.