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This is from their press release:

First woman from the Northern Sporades to qualify as a captain from the merchant marine academy Aspropirgos takes on her first command.

Skopeliti woman Kiriaki Provia ,23, has taken her first command as captain after becoming the first Northern Sporades woman to graduate as such from the merchant marine academy. She is now Captain of SeaCab 1 the first boat of the SeaCab company which operates between Skiathos and Skopelos.

She says “I am delighted to take on the captaincy of this ultra modern boat. Transport is the lifeblood of islands and SeaCab is an important innovation to help people access my beautiful home island”.

SeaCabs William Vranas added “Our aim is to create a modern, safe and affordable transport access for Skopelos while supporting and engaging with the local community. So we are so pleased that a young Skopelti woman who is so highly qualified has joined us as captain.”

Seacab website

Photos Martin Becket

The government’s decision for the mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public places between August 1-31 has been published in the Government Gazette.
Eating places, people with medical issues – such as difficulties breathing – or children under 3 years of age are exempted from the mask-wearing measure, as are hairdressers’ establishments and beauty parlors if facial care is performed.
In addition, restrictions are imposed on visits to retirement homes, facilities for vulnerable people, refugee centers and hospitals (to Aug. 15), excepting people accompanying patients, while ceremonies for life events such as baptisms, marriages and funerals are restricted to 100 people each (Aug. 3-15), keeping social distancing.

This coming week in particular (August 3 to 8), nightclubs, bars, live-music venues, bar-restaurants, cafes and such may only allow seated clients, not standing-room only. Recommended social distances must be observed at beaches, and public and private boats, throughout the month of August, while all open-air events, including saints’ festivals, are banned until August 31.

In addition, the suspension of air and land connections with Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia is extended to August 15. Also extended to August 15 are the requirements for visitors who enter Greece via Promahonas border station to have tested negatively over the last 72 hours prior to entry, and the same is true for air passengers from Bulgaria, Romania and the United Arab Emirates.
Anti-coronavirus curfews and group exodus restrictions at all refugee accommodation facilities and hot spots nationwide are extended to August 31. Effective since March 23, the curfews restrict to and from movement from facilities to the hours between 07:00 and 21:00, with a maximum 150 refugees allowed to leave per hour, and that in groups of no more than 10 people.
Meanwhile, intensive checks for the diligent observance of preventive measures against the coronavirus were on Saturday launched by the regular and traffic police and the Coast Guard.

Source: Athens makedoniko News Agency/ https://www.amna.gr/

Today and tomorrow the Glysteri beach bar has organized some live concerts. We were there this afternoon. We had a swimm and listened to the music from the beach. The concert from Nikos Jiannatos and Vangelis Karamitzas was especially wonderful! Tomorrow afternoon you can enjoy the live music again.

As of Wednesday the 29th of July the wearing of masks by the public is mandatory in bakeries, butchers, fish shops, patisseries, retail shops, hair dressers and beauticians.
Also we must wear a mask in banks, post office, the water and electricity company and other government offices.

Skopelosports.gr


Skopelos has now a website that deals with the ports on the island, the port police, telephone numbers, charts, news about boats and harbor work in progress
Have a look here: Skopelos ports information

The words below are from their press release

In a world in crisis and turbulent times, with daily life becoming more and more demanding for everybody, some things that are of worth must remain stable points of reference in our lives and in society, but this does not mean that they should remain stagnant.

So, the private polyclinic «ASCLEPIEION OF SPORADES» with a base in Skopelos and a branch in Alonnisos adapts to the changing conditions and it is evolving at the same time, in the midst of the new reality, always aiming at the excellence of medical services but also at the best possible medical services to the community of the islands.

Thus, it officially registered its name and trademark/logo, in the context of which it defined a new name / distinctive corporate title with which it will continue to operate as “KOSMOHYGIA” (Greek) and “COSMOSHEALTH” (English).

The trademark (verbal and graphic) is now officially registered, while the transition of the entire paper and digital / internet “imprint” of the polyclinic to the new name “COSMOSHEALTH” will take place gradually in the next upcoming period. At this point it is worth emphasizing that the polyclinic “COSMOYGEIA/COSMOSHEALTH” has nothing to do with any other private Primary or Secondary Health Care company and it operates completely independently, based on the preference and trust of the residents and visitors of the two islands.

«COSMOSHEALTH» for COVID-Free Healthcare

According to the measures taken and the instructions given by the Greek State, the care of possible COVID cases will be done by Public health structures (Health Centers & Regional medical offices) in collaboration with EKAB (by a sea-ambulance which is expected to cover Sporades), utilizing the nearest molecular analyzer (Health Center of Skiathos), the existing ISOBOX at Skopelos, the EODY Mobile car-Unit, under the supervision and coordination of EODY too.

Since the State Health Structures will function as reception and management points for COVID patients, “COSMOSHEALTH” has taken all measures and follows specific patient admission protocol, in order to remain a reference center for medical services away from the possibility of Covid infection (COVID-free operation), in order to protect the health of its clients and its medical-paramedical staff. This will lead to better medical services to permament residents and

island visitors who may belong to vulnerable population group and who may need medical care because of some other cause of illness (apart from Coronavirus) or due to an accident .

This Covid-Free operational management minimizes the possibility of infection or spread of Covid-19 from a referral of a non-Covid patient to a Public Health Structure, which is widely known that the State health facility is oblidged to serve the possible COVID-19 cases.

Thus, for the rest of the summer touristic season, “COSMOSHEALTH” will operate as COVID – FREE Reference Private Health center, paying full repect to the maximum possible protection of communal health and serving the rest cases (normal illness-accidents-injuries) apart from Covid/possible Covid cases. The adjustment of the COVID-FREE operation for the summer season 2020 was a necessary precautionary measure to better protect public health in case of appearaance of confirmed COVID case on the islands of Skopelos and/or Alonissos. Therefore, our operation remains as it is, serving all emergencies that need primary medical care, with clinical and diagnostic exams, medication prescriptions, home/hotel doctor’s visits and of course scheduled appointments of associate doctors of various specialties.

Nevertheless, in case of National emergency alarm situation, we will try to support the local islands’ community as we have been doing continuously the past years so far.

We remain at the disposal of anyone who needs medical advice and health care in accordance with the above, and we operate as Covid-Free reference at SKOPELOS and ALONNISOS as follows:

«COSMOSHEALTH» SKOPELOS Τel.(+30)2424024500 Working hours 08:00 ~ 21:00 Daily

«COSMOSHEALTH» ALONNISOS Τel.(+30)2424065555 Working hours 09:00 ~ 14:00 & 17:00 ~ 20:00 Monday to Friday.

24/7 DOCTOR’s availability at SKOPELOS & ALONNISOS following a call on Mob.(+30) 6942467768

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Instead of being paid for a small job my husband was paid with “katiki” we got the better deal!

Tomorrow, Sunday, from about 08.00 until 14.00 hours there can occur electricity cuts in and around the Skopelos ringroad and areas in town, Milos, Pigadakia, Geftorema and Papameletiou and the areas Raches, Glyfoneri, Glysteri, Karya, Kalogeros, Kampos.

On Monday between 08.30 until 11.00 hours in the areas Alikias, Pefkia, Ditropon,Limnonari and Agnondas.

Source:Vories Sporades blog

Today it was announced via several newspapers that on Skopelos the first patient with mild Corona symptoms (Covid-19) was found. The messages in the articles vary about where the patient is staying, some sources say he is in quarantine in a designated hotel, others say he is in quarantine in his home.

I tried to find a written statement from the National Organization for Public Health (ΕΟΔΥ) in Greece mentioning Skopelos but so far nothing has appeared in a press release. There are the papers though that report the fact and quote the ΕΟΔΥ and I communicated with a council member attached to the mayor of Skopelos mr. Perissis and she told me that the fact is true and they were informed by the ΕΟΔΥ via telephone. I think that when a patient (in general) is found the local ΕΟΔΥ team informs the headquarter and after that the municipality/city is informed. The local ΕΟΔΥ team has been on the island for a while and can perform 5 Corona tests a day.

New rule: As of today everybody in Greece when entering a supermarket and the employees in the supermarket should wear a mask. If you do not wear a mask the fine is 150 euro. Wear a mask, wash your hands reguraly and make sure you uphold the social distancing rules. It is the only thing we all can do at the moment.

Sources mentioning the news (in Greek) Vories Sporades blog, E-Thessalia newspaper, Thenewspaper, Magnesia news

This press release just came from the municipality in which they categorically deny that Skopelos will be “shut down”. This news comes from the television station Alpha. The municipality insists on a retraction of the statement otherwise there will be legal consequences they say.

The municipality urges everybody again to wear a mask, uphold the rules for personal hygiene etc. The municipality announces also that regular checks in businesses will continue on the island.

ΑΝΑΚΟΙΝΩΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΔΗΜΟΥ ΣΚΟΠΕΛΟΥ

Αγαπητοί συμπατριώτες ,

θέλουμε για ακόμη μια φορά να σας ενημερώσουμε σχετικά με το covid-19:

Να φοράτε μάσκες, να τηρείται τα πρωτόκολλα υγείας και να γνωρίζετε ότι θα ακολουθήσουν έλεγχοι από ειδικά συνεργεία.

Θεωρούμε δε απαράδεκτη την παραπληροφόρηση και δυσφήμηση του νησιού μας από συγκεκριμένη δημοσιογραφική ομάδα εκπομπής του τηλεοπτικού σταθμού ΑΛΦΑ.

Διαψεύδουμε κατηγορηματικά τις φήμες περί δήθεν κλεισίματος του νησιού μας.

Σας καλούμε να εμπιστευόσαστε τις επίσημες ανακοινώσεις από το Δήμο Σκοπέλου και τον ΕΟΔΥ.

Keep going!


(view from the new Veranda bar)

Writing on the blog has become more difficult lately because there was not a lot to tell. What there is to tell is about the corona virus and the news is not always good. I therefor try to focus on the positive sides of these strange times and I spread that news. I also want to paint a picture of how we now live on Skopelos and how those that want to visit hopefully can enjoy Skopelos as much as before.

First some news about visitors that want to come via Promachonas in Bulgary into Greece. All travelers entering Greece through the Promachonas border station as of July 14 will be obliged to present a negative molecular test result (PCR) for coronavirus (Covid-19) at the border/toll station. The test must be performed up to 72 hours before travelers enter Greece. The measure was taken after an increase in positive corona virus travelers that entered , was noticed.

Social distancing during big dance parties (Πανηγύρια) is forbidden until the end of the month. There were several of these parties where social distancing was not maintained. Usually the parties are organized with a well known singer and a band. The authorities were worried that the spreading of the virus , if occurred, would spread fast because of the hand holding during the dancing and the enormous amount of people present.

In the meantime on Skopelos we see quite a few Greek visitors holidaying here. The Greek government is sponsoring holidays for Greeks this year, more than ever, to keep the Greek economy going. Free travel and reductions on places to stay are part of the packet. The influx of foreign visitors is very important too of course. On Wednesday, direct flights to regional airports in Greece from England are possible.

We see a lot of locals swimming and sunbathing this summer. It can be because there is not a lot of work (yet) but I hope that the time families/couples spent together during corona virus continues on the beaches!!

A new cafe has opened it’s doors. It is housed in the old KEP office and the help TAX office. it is called Veranda and the view from there is wonderful!!

and so we keep going, we visit the supermarkets and wait outside until we can go in with a card, we go to government offices and get helped via a window or through the door. If we go into the mayor’s office we wear a mask. In other shops we watch out how many people are inside and wait outside when there are too many. The same goes for the post office. Things have changed but they are not undo-able. We can visit bars and restaurants and enjoy ourselves, we can go on hikes, go canoeing, go for a swim and have a fantastic time!

Skopelos is still an amazing island with an unforgettable nature, stunning views, empty spaces, beaches with people and beach bars and hidden beaches without that, wonderful villages with friendly people and the sea, still so clear!

So if you want, if you can, come again, come for the first time. You will not regret it.