SETE (Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises) demands relaxation in the protocols in tourism What is suggested for PLF, certificates, hotels, conferences, buses

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) requests the relaxation of the strict health protocols that apply to tourism companies in a letter to the Minister of Tourism which is notified to co-responsible ministers.

Among other things, SETE, with the letter signed by its president Giannis Retsos suggests:

  • End the obligation to fill in the electronic PLF form for travelers who have a valid vaccination certificate. For the other categories of travelers the relevant obligation should likewise be abolished from 1 April 2022. The current form of the pandemic and the prevailing conditions have nullified the purpose for which this measure was adopted – under the current rules there is now a reason to locate the travelers, the letter emphasizes.
  • The validity of the vaccination certificate should be common to all uses so as not to create oxymoronic situations with tourists who can enter the country but need constant tests to dine …
  • A similar difference is found in the age limit for the obligation of children to show a vaccination certificate / disease / negative diagnostic result. For entry into the country the limit is set at five (5) years while within it at four (4) years.
  •  As for the quarantine hotels during this summer tourist season it is proposed to operate according to the standards of 2021, 
  • SETE, finally, submits proposals for the health protocols by branch of tourism activity

Read SETE’s letter in detail

To
Mr. Vassilis Kikilias
Minister of Tourism

Notification: Mr. Akis Skercos, Minister of State
                       Mr. Thanos Plevris, Minister of Health
                       Mr. Christos Stylianidis, Minister of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection

Dear Minister,

We believe that the gradual de-escalation of the pandemic should also lead to the relaxation of the strict health protocols that apply to tourism businesses.

The following suggestions are intended to facilitate the daily operation of tourism businesses, removing some excessive and unnecessary restrictions and obligations, while maintaining the high level of security that the last two (2) years tourism companies have offered to their visitors. , contributing substantially to the further strengthening of the tourist image of our country.

A. General Remarks

⦁ Conditions for entry into the country:

The provision of the possibility for all travelers, regardless of nationality and method of entry, to come to our country is considered very positive. What creates problems in the operation of businesses and unnecessary inconvenience to visitors is the difference that exists during the validity of the vaccination certificate in terms of the process of entering the country (up to 9 months after the completion of the basic vaccination) in relation to its use within (up to 7 months).

A visitor who has completed the basic vaccination 8 months ago legally enters our country, but can not stay in a tourist accommodation, dine in a restaurant, etc., unless he performs a rapid or pcr test. The validity of the vaccination certificate, therefore, should be common to all uses – this is what logic dictates. A similar difference is found in the age limit for the obligation of children to show a vaccination certificate / disease / negative diagnostic result. For entry into the country the limit is set at five (5) years, while within it at four (4) years.

⦁ PLF:

For travelers holding a valid vaccination certificate, the obligation to complete the PLF online form should be abolished immediately. For the other categories of travelers the relevant obligation should likewise be abolished from 1 April 2022. The current form of the pandemic and the prevailing conditions have nullified the purpose for which this measure was adopted – under the current rules there is now reason to locate travelers.

⦁ Quarantine hotels:

During this summer tourist season, it is proposed that they operate according to the standards of 2021, with a special provision for cases of cases located in the short-term lease. It is noted that the operation of quarantine hotels was provided to serve tourists who visit our country and stay in legally licensed tourist accommodation, which is easily proven.

Any cases identified in the short-term lease should remain in the apartment-house where they lived. Finally, we note that the possibility should continue to be provided alternatively, with the agreement of the hotelier-client, the client to stay in his room until the end of the quarantine, bearing himself (the client) with the cost of accommodation.

⦁ Provision of a special telephone line of communication with GGP:

The communication with the competent service of the GGP (which has the relevant coordination) in order to manage the suspicious case has proved in many cases particularly difficult for the tourist accommodation companies. For this reason we propose to have a specific telephone number for the direct communication of the managers of the tourist accommodation in order to immediately deal with COVID-19 incidents.

Μιας Disposable plastics: Taking into account the excessive burden caused to the environment by their extensive use (which increased greatly during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis), but also the relevant obligations and prohibitions imposed by the relevant legislation (n.4736 / 2020 and n.4819 / 2021), the procedures provided in the health protocols that include them should be abolished in their entirety.

B. Proposals by branch of tourism activity

1.Tourist accommodation

(No. 6632 JMC (Government Gazette B 1632) “Replacement of the joint ministerial decision no. B ‘2084), as amended by the similar decisions no. 8958 / 15.06.2020 (B’ 2370), 9418 / 23.06.2020 (B ‘2498) and 16192/2020 (B’ 4687) “, as in force .)

Article 3A – Quarantine rooms (par. 2, para. D): “To have the possibility of medical monitoring of cases, as needed, and to ensure immediate access to medical services in cases where the clinical condition of patients requires re-evaluation or intervention . »
Note: Ensuring direct access to medical services may not be the responsibility of the company, but of the state.

2. Comments on the individual regulations of Annex I with number 6632 JM

Paragraph A.3 .: “Cooperation with a physician or health structure that acts in accordance with the instructions of the EODY for the control of COVID-19.” 
Note: The relevant provision should be set as optional.

Paragraph B.2 .: The deadline for completing the training of the coordinator to be set for the tourist season 2022 until 15-6-2022.
Paragraph B.3 .: The deadline for the completion of staff training to be set for the tourist season 2022 until 30-6-2022.
Paragraph B.4.1 .: “The tourist accommodation grants to each member of the staff sufficient M.A.P. Note: Once disposable antiseptic
is available on the premises of the tourist accommodation, disposable gloves should only be worn where necessary, ie cleaning staff and staff. in the kitchen area.

Section B.4.5 .: “Perform rapid test on all accommodation staff at least once a week by a health professional or occupational physician, who acts in accordance with the instructions of the EODY for the control of COVID-19.”
Note: The provision should be adjusted to its provisions with number Δ1α / Γ.Π.οικ. 64232 JMC entitled “Implementation of the mandatory measure of coronary heart disease diagnostic measure COVID-19 to employees in the private sector who provide physical presence at the workplace” or otherwise refer to it.

Paragraph H.13: “Installation of a disposable cover on the TV and air conditioner controls.”
Note: This provision should be optional, otherwise the obligation to install a cover should be replaced by disinfecting the controls.

Section H.14: “Fabric surfaces should be cleaned with a steam apparatus”
Note: This procedure should be optional.

Paragraph Th.8 .: “Washing of napkins, tablecloths and a set of cutlery even those that were not used, alternatively use of packaged cutlery and disposable tablecloths, packaged food in individual portions where possible. It is recommended to avoid the use of restaurant linen and to prefer disposable tablecloths, napkins. In each case they are changed to each new customer »
Note: It is proposed to remove disposable items. They cause an excessive burden on the environment, without contributing accordingly to the reduction of the transmission risks of COVID-19.

Paragraph I.11: “Especially for the restaurants that have a buffet, the following are required: Provision of hand sanitizer at the entrance of the buffet and control by the staff that it is used by the customers. Observance of required distances when serving customers at the buffet. Obligation to install a divider – alternatively it is possible to serve by the customer with the provision of disposable gloves which will be discarded in a trash can which will be located after the buffet. It is also necessary to disinfect the hands with an antiseptic that will be provided by the accommodation before and after the use of gloves. It is recommended to place the products in individual utensils in the buffet where it is not possible to be served by the staff. ”

Note: Only the obligation to use hand antiseptic should be maintained. In any case, the obligation to use gloves should be abolished, which without a corresponding benefit – a contribution to the reduction of the risk of transmission of COVID-19, constitute a significant cost for businesses and at the same time place an excessive burden on the environment, as they are not recycled.

Paragraph I.12: “When consuming drinks in the bars, only packaged individual accompaniments are provided.”
Note: The relevant provision should be set as optional.

Paragraph K: “Operation of personal care services and other communal facilities in accordance with the current legal framework. These include services such as individual massage treatments, hair and limb care, hairdresser and communal facilities, gym, sauna, Turkish bath, hot tub.

Note: The applicable health protocols refer in terms of the operating conditions of individual facilities of the tourist accommodation to the general health protocols that apply to them. There are, therefore, places that are allowed access only to vaccinated people (gym, indoor pool, etc.). This results in customers who legally stay in the tourist accommodation, pay the same amounts for their stay, etc., not being able to receive the same benefits – services.

Given that these are people who live in the same place, we suggest, as applies to restaurants within hotels that with additional restrictions can serve all residents, a similar provision applies to other facilities – activities.

Section ΙΒ.5 .: “The maximum total number of those entering the tank at any one time will not be more than one bather per 5 m2 of water surface”.
Note: The relevant restriction should be removed.

Section IB.7: ‘The arrangement of the seats shall be such that the distance between the extremities of the seats of two persons in two different umbrellas or of two persons occupying a different room shall be at least 2 meters in each direction. »
Note: The relevant provision should be removed.

Section IB 9: “After each change of customers, the seats, tables, personal storage boxes, price lists and any other items that will be used by the next customer should be disinfected.”
Note: The relevant provision should be set as optional.

Section R.3: “Signage to remind customers to keep their distance – apply measures such as floor tapes, cones or other means to keep their distance.”
Note: The relevant provision should be set as optional.

Paragraph R.5: “Rearrangement of furniture to avoid overcrowding in common areas (2 people / 10 sq.m.)”
Note: The relevant limit should be increased to 1 person / 2 sq.m., as in the workplace .

2. Conferences

(No. Δ1α / ΓΠ.οικ. 8681 ΚΥΑ (Government Gazette Β 607) :. – Case 26 of Table B of Article 1 and Annex 10).
It is considered particularly positive the abolition of the limit provided to date for the fullness of conference events (80%), as well as the provision of the possibility for conferences to be held only in person, without the need for simultaneous online transmission.

You will need additional a. to lift the bans in relation to the food events that take place in the context of the conferences (cocktails, meals or coffee breaks) and b. to consider the possibility of participating in the conferences and in non-vaccinated with a negative rapid test that will have been carried out within 24 hours.
 
3. Maritime Transport

(Sub-number Δ1α / ΓΠ.οικ. 8681 ΚΥΑ (Government Gazette Β 607) : 00. »- Case 18 of Table B of article 1).

Taking into account the strict measures that apply to the boarding of passengers and during the voyage, the current restrictions on the completeness of passenger coastal shipping should be removed (80% for ships without cabins, 85% for ships with cabins and coverage of aircraft type seats at 50%, and for speedboats 80% if they have HEPA filters and 50% otherwise) and therefore the fullness to return to 100%. Respectively, the above for 100% fullness must also apply to yachts.
 
4. Tourist Buses

(Sub-number Δ1α / ΓΠ.οικ. 8681 ΚΥΑ (Government Gazette Β 607) : 00. »- Case 18 of Table B).

The fullness of the tourist buses should return to 100% from the current 85%. The obligation for unvaccinated passengers wishing to participate in a road trip outside the prefecture to have a rapid test of 48 hours should only concern the stage of boarding the tourist bus and should not require the renewal of the road test. During a three-day or four-day trip it is especially difficult for non-vaccinated participants to go to a diagnostic center or pharmacy at the place of visit to renew the rapid test, especially when they are in remote villages or islands of our country.

Yours sincerely,

Giannis Retsos
Chairman of the Board

Source – tornosnews.gr

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