Greece Set to Reopen Archaeological Sites, Museums Soon



Greece’s Ancient Olympia will reopen on May 18. Photo Source: John Karakatsanis/Wikimedia commons

Greece is to gradually open its ancient cultural heritage starting on May 18, when visitors will again be free to marvel at the Acropolis, Delphi, Ancient Olympia and a host of other archaeological sites across the country.

Museums are scheduled to reopen to the public on June 15, Culture and Sports Minister Lina Mendoni announced on Thursday. A distance of two meters between the visitors and air-conditioning, using open circulation, will be required, and the use of face masks and antiseptic is also recommended.

The number of visitors per hour in all museums will be limited for extra safety.

Greece’s open-air cinemas will begin operation on June 1, albeit at only 40 percent of their capacity as social distancingmust still be adhered to due to the pandemic.

Cultural events in outdoors spaces can take place as of July 15. This mainly affects events organized by municipalities, which will also have the responsibility that all appropriate social distances and other measures will be kept.

Minister Mendoni said that the most famous summer Greek festival, at the ancient theater of Epidaurus, can potentially open on July 15, but a firm decision will be made by the artistic director and the festival’s board, depending on further developments regarding the pandemic.

Below is a timeline in Greek for the opening of cultural sites, festivals and cinemas around the nation: