Greece to reopen museums next week, ahead of tourism season amid Covid-19

Museums in Greece will reopen to company subsequent week, a day sooner than the official start of the tourism season on Might 15, authorities said on Friday. Venues corresponding to Athens’ Acropolis museum, housing archaeological treasures found near the normal citadel overlooking city, have been closed since mid-November, when a second lockdown was imposed to curb the unfold of the coronavirus.

The authorities started easing restrictions late remaining month after a small low cost in COVID-19 situations.

It allowed bars and consuming locations to reopen earlier this week whereas organised seashores will open on Saturday for the first time this yr.

“It’s apparent that the nation’s epidemiological image is exhibiting a gentle enchancment,” Deputy Civil Safety Minister Nikos Hardalias said.

He said authorities had recorded a reduction throughout the epidemiological burden, as a result of the amount of infections fall and vaccinations enhance, in 61 areas along with Athens and Thessaloniki, and an increase in solely 10 areas.

Tourism accounts for a few fifth of Greece’s financial system and job market, and after the worst yr on report for the sector remaining yr the nation can unwell afford one different misplaced summer season.

Open-air cinemas will resume on Might 21 whereas open-air performances on Might 28. Main schools will open on Might 10 and daycare centres on Might 17.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said this week {{that a}} combination of widespread testing, immunisation, and the reality that many actions would occur exterior gave authorities confidence that vacationers would discover a strategy to go to securely.

A country of 11 million, it has reported an entire of 358,116 infections and 10,910 deaths. On Friday, it reported 2,691 new infections and 63 deaths.

This story has been printed from a wire firm feed with out modifications to the textual content material. Solely the headline has been modified.

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