A lone tourist was among the first to enter the archaeological site of Acropolis on Monday, as authorities opened up more than 200 archaeological sites that remained shut for almost two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Greece’s President Katerina Sakellaropoulou accompanied by Culture Minister Lina Mendoni climbed up the hill a couple of hours later. Her presence sent a powerful message that the country’s tourism sector is gradually returning to normalcy.
Final preparations for the re-opening were completed early on Monday. As required, the visitors were keeping social distance.
Tourists snap at the caryatids at the Erechtheion on the Acropolis. Source: Greek Reporter
Archeological sites are the first category of cultural sites to return to normal operation, followed by summer cinemas on June 1, museums on June 15 and art events on July 15, as Culture Minister Lina Mendoni has announced.
They will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with all the necessary safety measures, according to the instructions of the National Public Health Organisation (EODY).
These include keeping the distance of 1.5 meters, ensuring the maximum number of visitors per archeological site, marking safe routes, separating entry and exit while placing plexiglass divider panels if needed.
There will also be special rules for sanitary facilities. The use of a protective mask is also recommended as well as the use of alcoholic antiseptic solution.