Tourism is officially opening, and so do museums and open air cinemas
“We are taking additional steps to regain freedom”, said the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias during today’s briefing by the Ministry of Health on the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
Museums and Archaeological Places to open in a few days
In particular, he announced that the museums open on 14 May 2021. Cafes and gift shops in Greek museums will also operate as of May 14.
The main Covid-19 health protocols for Greek museums are as follows:
– 1.5 meters minimum distance must be maintained between people in the open spaces of museums while indoors at least 2 meters distance should be kept. A non-surgical mask is also mandatory for all visitors and staff.
– The dining areas operating in museums will follow the health measures as all the restaurants and cafes in Greece. Tables and chairs are disinfected by staff between customers and distance should be kept between the tables.
– The social distancing rules in museum shops are the same as to those announced for retail spaces
– In case of organized guided tours with a tourist guide (limited number of people), the rules regarding the distances between visitors must be strictly followed, as well as rules regarding the mandatory use of audio tourist guide equipment (wireless microphone transmitters and receivers, better known as “whispers”) and the avoidance of using common devices (tablets, headphones, etc.).
Open Air Cinemas, Organised Beaches and more
The open air cinemas cinemas and the cinema screenings in open spaces start on 21 May with up to 75% capacity, while the live spectacles and auditions in open spaces resume on 28 May in 50% capacity.
Mr. Hardalias reminded that from tomorrow, Saturday 8 May, the organized beaches are open again, again with distancing rules applied.
General Social Distancing Practice
While vaccinations in Greece are going forward quickly, we highly recommend following the CDC and WHO rules everywhere you go. We now know that COVID19 is mainly spread in the air (as opposed to surfaces), so wear your masks and move freely 🙂