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Greece opens again archaeological sites, museums, events (schedule)

Greece’s Culture Minister Lina Mendoni announced on Thursday the country’s plan for the opening of archaeological sites and the possibility of holding cultural events in open spaces.

The Acropolis and Ancient Olympia will open to the public again on May 18, 2020, along with all other archaeological sites.

Rehearsals and film productions can start again on this date.

Museums are scheduled to re-open to public on June 15.

Open-air cinemas will start on June 1, with 40% of their capacity as safety distances have to be kept due to the pandemic.

Cultural events in outdoors spaces can open as of July 15. This mainly affects events organized by municipalities that will also have the responsibility that safety distances and other measures will be kept.

As for other events like festivals, the government is cautious.

Mendoni said about the country’s most famous summer festival at the ancient theater of Epidaurus that it can potentially start on July 15.

The cultural summer in Greece is inextricably linked to the performances of the theater of ancient Epidaurus, she said

She added that “the artistic director and the festival’s board will decide when exactly they will start. The performances must now be adapted to the new conditions.”

In Museums distance of 2 meters between the visitors and air-conditioning of open circulation are required,  recommended is the use of face mask and antiseptic. The number of visitors per hour is limited.

The same recommendations for archaeological sites, where visitors should keep a safety distance of 1.5 meter.

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