Greece reopens island ferries, cafes in tourism restart

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has restarted regular ferry services to its islands. Greek restaurants and cafes were also back open for business as the country accelerated efforts to salvage its key tourism season. Greece’s low infection rate in the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the government to start the holiday season three weeks earlier than previously expected. Other Mediterranean countries, including Italy, Spain and Turkey, are grappling with deadlier virus outbreaks. Social distancing regulations and passenger limits have been imposed on ferries and at restaurants to ward off new infections. Greece has had nearly 2,900 infections and 171 deaths from the virus.