Greece’s Hotels, Primary Schools, Summer Cinemas Open on Monday

Aqua Vista Hotel, Santorini

Greece takes another major step towards normalcy as hotels, summer cinemas, swimming pools, schools reopen on Monday.

Starting June 1, hotels operating 12 months out of the year (seasonal hotels will start working on June 15), campsites and campgrounds (with the exception of children’s camps), summer cinemas, and banquet catering organizations, buffets and canteens in sports facilities, swimming pools for individual visits (sports teams were previously allowed), golf courses and mini-golf venues have all been allowed to open.

Library and archival activities, the work of marriage agencies, tattoo parlors, piercing and massage salons, cultural association and union activities (excluding the right to hold mass events) are also opening up. Weddings will now be allowed to take place as well.

Sunday markets and fairs will once again open to the public. However, all of these organizations are required to comply with the rules of social distance to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

After an 83-day break caused by measures to combat the coronavirus, kindergartens, adapted to the new operating conditions, will be re-opened.

Both the Greek Interior Ministry and most of the country’s municipalities have declared their full readiness for the normal operation of kindergartens in order to ensure the return of about 90,000 children to 1,600 municipal kindergartens in conditions of maximum safety for children and staff.

Starting on Monday, classes will begin again in elementary and specialized schools, which have been closed since March. Other schools were opened earlier and the school year will last until June 26.