Greece set to reopen museums ahead of tourism restart

 Tuesday, May 11, 2021 


Museums in Greece is set to reopen to visitors next week, a day before the official start of the tourism season on May 15, authorities said on Friday. Venues such as Athens’ Acropolis museum, housing archaeological treasures found near the ancient citadel overlooking the city, have been closed since mid-November when a second lockdown was imposed to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus. After noticing a small decrease in COVID-19 cases last month, the government started easing restrictions.

Bars and restaurants reopened earlier this week while organised beaches are set to open on Saturday for the first time this year. Open-air cinemas will resume on May 21 while open-air performances on May 28. Primary schools will open on May 10 and daycare centres on May 17. Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias said in a statement that it is now obvious that the country’s epidemiological picture is showing a steady improvement. He said authorities had recorded a reduction in the epidemiological burden, as the number of infections fall and vaccinations increase, in 61 regions including Athens and Thessaloniki, and an increase in only 10 regions.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said this week that a combination of widespread testing, immunisation, and the fact that many activities would take place outdoors gave authorities confidence that tourists would be able to visit safely. A country of 11 million, Greece has reported a total of 358,116 infections and 10,910 deaths. On Friday, it reported 2,691 new infections and 63 deaths.

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