Greece has claimed a rare success in it’s fight against Covid-19, according to the nation’s officials.
The hugely popular country which relies heavily on tourism, especially amongst it’s Euro debt-crisis of the last decade, will be reopen for international flights from July 1st.
Greece has opened it’s beaches to residents today, via a ticketed scheme, in a bid to kickstart their own lockdown coming-out phase and to be ready for the start of July which they hope will see tourism some way back to how it is has been for decades.
This week, some businesses like salons and libraries were allowed to re-open for the first time.
By enforcing a strict and early lockdown, the country has managed to keep deaths incredibly low with just around 150 so far, which is a miracle for a country of it’s size.
Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated: “The tourism experience this summer may be slightly different from what you’ve had in previous years.
“Maybe no bars may be open, or no tight crowds, but you can still get a fantastic experience in Greece provided that the global epidemic is on a downward path.”
He also said the ‘best-case scenario’ is for Greece to ‘open for business’ for foreign travellers on July 1st.
Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said Greece is ‘at a better starting point than other countries to receive a large number of tourists’ but stressed this summer would not be like the last which has seen beaches flooded with holidaymakers.
Tourism being fully open from July 1st comes as it follows the announcement that normally year-round hotels and restaurants are to resume operation in Greece on June 1 as long as strict distancing rules applied.