Hoping to lure tourists, Greece reopens beaches
Sun, sea and social distancing.
Greece reopened its beaches on Saturday (May 8) as the popular Mediterranean holiday destination eased restrictions in preparation for the return of foreign visitors next week.
Tourism accounts for about a fifth of the Greek economy and employment, and after the worst year the industry has ever seen, the country cannot afford another lost summer.
Nikos Venieris manages a beach in the seaside suburb of Alimos, just outside Athens.
"We hope that a lot of people will come to our beach and feel safe, and we put our hopes in tourism. We don't yet know how many tourists will come this year, but we depend on tourists, we are one of them Places along the Athens Riviera, as it is called, that receives a lot of tourists, so the number of foreign visitors will play a big role in our finances. "
According to current measures, umbrellas must be set up at a distance of at least 3 m and regularly disinfected.
As infections have decreased and vaccinations have increased across the country, authorities have steadily eased restrictions and opened bars and restaurants earlier this week.
On Friday (May 7), they announced that the museums would reopen next week before travel restrictions on vaccinated foreign visitors were lifted on May 15.
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