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Conservative MP fined for violating Covid-19 restrictions

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A lawmaker from the ruling party was fined on Wednesday for violating the restrictions on movement relating to the pandemic during an inspection in central Athens, according to news reports on Thursday.

Messenia MP Miltos Chrysomallis was issued a fine of 300 euros for being in a hotel lobby in the upmarket district of Kolonaki, in central Athens. Only registered guests are allowed to be in hotels during the lockdown.

New Democracy said in a press release that the general secretary of its parliamentary group, Ioannis Bougas, “severely reprimanded” its lawmaker over the violation.

Speaking to news website Proto Thema, Chrysomallis said he was in a meeting with a journalist and that both of them were wearing masks.

Inspectors also slapped the hotel with a 3,000-euro fine and ordered its closure for 15 days for allowing people who were not guests to use the lobby cafe, and issued another 500-euro fine for violating the smoking ban.