Restaurants and recreation establishments will remain closed on Monday throughout Western Macedonia as owners will stage a protest over the government's ban on smoking in public spaces.

Vice-president of the Association of Cafeteria and cafe/sweet shop owners of Kozani, Calliope Semertzidou, told ANA-MPA that these establishments were having a very tough time as it was, financially, due to the economic crisis, "and then came the smoking ban to finish us off".

She added that the owners throughout Western Macedonia will continue and escalate their actions if a solution is not given to their problem.