Here Is What Athens Looks Like During The Coronavirus

This capital is always heaving with tourists that have a euphoria for Greece.

They have always been welcomed with open arms, delicious food, great coffee and beautiful endless sights to see.

Monastiraki Square copyright Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades

Greece has been praised worldwide for its success so far, for keeping the coronavirus under control.

There are hopes and plans in the works that tourists who are tested negative will be able to travel to Greece in July.

Monastiraki Square copyright Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades
Plaka copyright Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades

According to the Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis, tourism will commence in July, hoping for a boost towards August.

However, the German airline carrier Lufthansa will be commencing flights from June.

There are also cheap airline carriers such as Wizz Air that will commence flights to Greece from the UK, from mid-June.

Monastiraki Square copyright Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades
Under Acropolis copyright Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades

The Greek locals have obeyed the restrictions and there was very little movement, up until the 4th May when they now have no restrictions.

However, it is in the Greek culture to take care of their hygiene and constantly be extra precautious, even before the coronavirus. Hence the reference in the film ‘My big fat Greek wedding’ for the cleaning product Windex.

In other countries there were incidents of toilet paper being sold out, whereas in Greece, there was and still is plenty of stock for all products and there is always a calm atmosphere.

Athens copyright Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades
Monastiraki Square copyright Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades

As you walk around the city and the hot spots that are usually packed with people, you will see that even now that they are given freedom to move, it is still quiet and there are only a few people out.

People are still queuing up at a two meter distance, they are still wearing masks and gloves and they are respecting each other’s space.

Plaka copyright Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades
Plaka copyright Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades

The government are taking things slowly, as they should. They are easing the lock down in different phases.

The first phase has happened and it is that small shops and hairdressers have opened. On May 11th senior high schools and retail shops will open as normal.

On May 17th churches will be open, then on May 18th lower grade high schools will be open and finally; on June 1st all cafes, restaurants and shopping malls will resume as normal with outdoor seating only.

Under Acropolis copyright Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades
Social distancing copyright Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades

When it comes to public transport, people have been respectful and have followed the instructions.

On buses and trains you are not allowed to sit next to each other, as there is a sign that indicates that the seat is not available on each second seat; which people follow accordingly.

The trains are not busy, in fact people try to keep their distance and everyone is wearing a mask.

So far, there is positivity in Greece and a lot of hope for the nation as a whole.

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