The Greek culture ministry announced on Thursday that archaeological sites, monuments and museums in Athens can begin extended summer hours of operation times beginning on Friday.
Those sites in other parts of Greece may extend their hours beginning at the end of next week, following the hiring of the necessary seasonal staff, the Ministry added.
“The hiring procedures for summer seasonal staff for archaeological sites, monuments and museums in Athens have been concluded, following coordinated actions of the culture and sports ministry services, the announcement said.
“As a result, the extended opening hours for archaeological sites, monuments and museums can begin from Friday, April 12,” according to the statement, which noted that this was now the responsibility of antiquities ephorates and museums.
The Ministry said that the hiring of seasonal staff for most other areas of Greece is expected to be concluded by the end of next week, two weeks earlier than the original deadline. This is expected to cover 85 percent of the needs for additional site and museum guards, while this is to increase to 90 percent by Easter.
It also pointed out that the contracts for seasonal staff will last eight months, rather than seven as in previous years. The statement also noted that, after consultation with the tourism ministry, the extended opening hours for sites and museums can continue until mid-December, in line with the longer tourism season enjoyed in recent years.