The international media welcomed the opening of the archaeological sites, especially the Acropolis, with great enthusiasm, commenting that after the successful treatment of the pandemic, “Athens is taking precautions to receive tourists safely.”
Correspondents and journalists from foreign media, who entered the archaeological site of the Acropolis after two months, have already posted relevant videos.
L’Acropole d’Athènes et le célèbre Parthénon ont rouvert leurs portes ce matin pic.twitter.com/k63eDd9MAy
– BFMTV (FBFMTV) May 18, 2020
A few hours before the official opening, the American network ABC had the opportunity to be guided by the Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni.
As Greece reopens iconic archaeological sites after incredible success combating coronavirus, @ABC News’ JamesJamesAALongman is in Athens where they’re introducing precautions as they figure out how to welcome tourists back safely. abcn.ws/2X49uOs pic.twitter.com/3Hv3wvhR9h
– ABC News (ABC) May 18, 2020
From the French news agency to the BBC and Al Jazeera, the reports highlight the opening of the emblematic archaeological site after two months.
Shopping center, zoos & sports clubs can reopen too, with obligatory distancing.
Cafes, bars & restaurants to reopen next week.
– Gavin Lee (@GavinLeeBBC) May 18, 2020
International media place the opening of the Acropolis next to the opening of St. Peter’s Basilica as two cultural monuments, the resumption of operation of which symbolizes the gradual return to normalcy.
#Greece reopens today ancient sites and #monuments to vistitors, after standing empty for two months due to #coronavirus restrictions. Now Live from the #Acropolis over #Athens# COVID19 # COVID19gr https://t.co/Z3lN3B64BW
– epoca libera (poepocalibera) May 18, 2020
The opening of the Acropolis coincided with World Museum Day.
Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou reopens the Acropolis in Athens to the public pic.twitter.com/2nmX4W76UR
– TRT World Now (RTRTWorldNow) May 18, 2020
Visitors will have the right to visit all the open-air archaeological sites in the country, after a two-month closure due to the pandemic of corona, the French News Agency notes.
The first visitor
The first visitor of the Acropolis, after the two months that remained closed, was the President of the Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou, who was guided by the Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni. In her statements, Ms Sakellaropoulou stressed the symbolism of the day as well as World Museum Day.
“I recently visited the Acropolis with the Minister of Culture, Lina Mendoni, this world cultural monument, the beauty of which has inspired and will continue to inspire the whole world,” said Ms Sakellaropoulou.
“The marbles shone in the sun as in the verse of George Seferis. With the care in our monuments, with the love and recognition in their eternal value and the strict observance of the hygienic measures, we will all rise a little higher together “.
Measures and opening hours
Archaeological sites operate with extended summer hours, ie 8 in the morning to 8 at night and all the necessary security measures.
Among other things, it is requested: keeping distances at 1.5 meters, ensuring the maximum number of visitors per archaeological site, marking safe routes, separating the entrance-exit and placing detachable Plexiglas planes where possible and necessary. , of course, the application of all special rules for sanitary facilities.
It is also recommended to use a protective mask and an alcoholic antiseptic solution for visitors, while for guides the use of a mask is mandatory.