It is the wise sailor who makes sure he is in port around the equinox. Northerly gales up to Beaufort Force 9 are hammering Greece at the moment, disrupting ferry schedules and depositing fresh snow in the mountainous regions. It is only 10 degrees centigrade on Symi today. Pedi bay does not look anything like the photograph above which I took a few days ago. Rolling white caps march past the entrance to the bay today and waves are breaking along the shore line. The weather is not expected to improve until Thursday.
The newest directives coming through are that anyone coming into Greece from abroad must now go into quarantine for 14 days to limit any new infections arriving in the country. You will note that the article makes specific mention of people coming in from the UK where little is being done to prevent the spread of contagion. More shops and businesses are to be closed with effect from tomorrow. At the same time supermarket trading hours have been extended by two hours in the evening and supermarkets are allowed to trade on Sundays for the next 4 weekends. The idea behind this is to reduce crowding and make it easier for shops to enforce the spacing regulations.
More help is also being arranged for the elderly, including reallocating civil servants to helping the needy rather than working directly with the general public. In the meantime the government has also succeeded in persuading the all-powerful Greek Orthodox Holy Synod to co-operate and reduce church services.
Reports are coming back that the on line tuition system is popular with the children and seems to be working. Early days yet but at least they got things rolling fairly quickly.
More tomorrow. In journalistic speak, ‘as events unfold’.
Keep well and safe everybody.