Greece Lifting More Covid-19 Restrictions: Seasonal Hotels, Museums, Gyms to Reopen
Greece is getting ready to enter its sixth and seventh stages of lifting the restrictive measures that had been imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Greek Deputy Minister of Development and Investment, Nikos Papathanasis, in charge of Industry and Commerce, on Wednesday announced the further gradual lifting of the restrictive measures.
According to the minister, as of June 6, Greek restaurants and cafes will be allowed to serve customers in their indoor areas under specific health and safety rules. Indoor restaurants in hotels will also be allowed to operate.
Moreover, on June 15, Greece’s seasonal hotels, gyms, museums and thermal springs will be back in operation. Amusement parks and theme parks will also resume operations.
Children’s camps are expected to open on June 29, while the organization of concerts, conferences and exhibitions will be allowed as of July 1.
With the sixth and seventh stages of easing Covid-19 restrictions – from June 6 to July 1 – 63,000 businesses will reopen and 89,000 employees will return to their job positions, corresponding to 13 percent of those whose work contracts were suspended during the country’s lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Papathanasis added that school canteens, indoor cinemas, KAPI (friendship clubs for the elerly) and casinos will not open yet.
“We are moving faster and more decisively to lift restrictions thanks to the efforts of all the Greeks,” the government spokesman Stelios Petsas said following the deputy minister’s announcements.
Greece Stage 1 of Easing Covid-19 Lockdown Restrictions
Greece Stage 2 of Easing Covid-19 Lockdown Restrictions
Greece Stage 3 of Easing Covid-19 Lockdown Restrictions
Greece Stage 4 of Easing Covid-19 Lockdown Restrictions
Greece Stage 5 of Easing Covid-19 Lockdown Restrictions
Something that needs to be addressed ASAP, hopefully with some sort of government oversight and directive, are the hygienic standards in restaurant service. In the past week, I’ve been out three times to restaurants. In all cases, some part of the meal, either the meze or dessert, for example, were served “family style” with no serving utensil in the dish and no additional plates, which means people use their fork or spoon to take out of a common, shared plate. It’s extremely unsafe to do that, and foreigners will be put off for sure. Another thing that’s quite noticeable is that barely any servers wear masks. They usually have them attached to their chin line…like the motorcyclists who wear their helmets on their arm. We are taking the risk of letting people in from all over the world, but there isn’t a clear safety directive in place for the activities, i.e. dining out, that everyone partakes in.