Fines, arrests in ongoing inspections for health safety violations

Fines, arrests in ongoing inspections for health safety violations

As part of ongoing efforts to ensure that safety protocols are being adhered to, the Hellenic Police (ELAS) said on Saturday that it conducted a total 57,138 inspections around the country on Friday alone and issued 373 fines for the non-use of a mask and the non-observance of social distancing.

Officers also recorded 13 infringements of safety regulations by private business. Since the beginning of August, a total of 454 such violations by businesses have been confirmed, leading to 28 arrests.

Meanwhile, authorities arrested a lawyer on Saturday who violated quarantine orders by traveling to the island of Mykonos where he has a holiday house.

The lawyer had returned from abroad and was supposed to be isolated in a hotel in Athens after coming into contact with a patient that had tested positive for the coronavirus. The man allegedly defied the rule and traveled to Mykonos, where he was located by local authorities.

In a separate incident, a 17-year-old boy was arrested on a bus in Athens on Saturday for refusing to cooperate with police who reprimanded him for not wearing a mask.

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