Influencer sparks fury posting pics at tourist hotspot not wearing face masks

An influencer has sparked fury after posting pictures of her at a popular tourist hotspot while not wearing a face mask.

Katie Giorgadze, 27, shared the stunning snaps of her and her husband watching the famous sunset on the Greek island of Santorini with her 707k Instagram followers.

But her video of the pair at the busy village of Oia, a favoured lookout spot, triggered a furious reaction among many.

The video shows Katie and her husband enjoying the evening in the romantic setting before panning out to reveal large crowds of visitors converging.

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, hardly anyone was wearing a face mask and there was little social distancing.



Katie wrote in the caption: “We went to watch the famous Santorini sunset… This is the behind the scene that most of the influencers didn’t show you!

“But in reality, the locals told us that this place is much less crowded than in previous years.

“It also got pretty empty after the sun sets in the sea.”



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The video sparked anger among many of her followers, with one commenting: “And no one is wearing a mask.”

Another wrote: “This gave me so much anxiety with this virus going around.”

A third added: “The video is very frightening to me since I live in Greece… Masks? Distance?”



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Another Greek Instagram user weighed in: “Yeah the situation in Greece is getting out of control because of this.

“I’m Greek and I’m afraid to go on (the) islands this summer.”

So far, Greece has seen fewer than 9,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 243 deaths, according to official statistics.

Katie, who visited the country on a work trip, told Insider she new Oia Castle was popular with sunset-seekers but was reassured by locals it was far quieter and emptier than usual.”



Santorini

Santorini authorities have started giving out free face masks to tourists as cases start to surge around Greece.

“We bought 30,000 masks, and today we handed out 500 for free to tourists as they were getting off ferries at the port,” Santorini mayor Antonios Siglas said.

Masks are only Mandatory indoors in Greece, but the mayor said she hoped the free masks would encourage people to wear them “in places with lots of people” including on the island’s famous narrow alleyways.

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