Greece is once again the talk of global media outlets, this time not for the successful management of the coronavirus pandemic, but on the occasion of the reopening of the archaeological sites, including the Acropolis.
Since March 13, as a precautionary measure to help control the spread of the deadly virus, museums and archaeological sites in Greece have been closed.
"Acropolis sparkles in the sun as Greek tourist spots reopen," is the headline of a Reuters report. It states that Greece has reopened the Acropolis, museums and other major tourist attractions as the coronavirus lockdown is relaxing.
ABC: Greece reopens archeological sites after successfully combating coronavirus and "is taking precautions to receive tourists safely".
As Greece reopens iconic archaeological sites after incredible success combating coronavirus, @ABC News' @JamesAALongman is in Athens where they're introducing precautions as they figure out how to welcome tourists back safely. https://t.co/8bpXG7e8lm pic.twitter.com/3Hv3wvhR9h
— ABC News (@ABC) May 18, 2020
Associated Press: "Greece reopened the Acropolis in Athens and other ancient sites, along with high schools, shopping malls and mainland travel. Tourists were local, for the country still has a 14-day quarantine for arrivals, and travel to the Greek islands remains broadly restricted. Sidewalk stickers were used as markers to keep visitors apart outside the Acropolis."
French Associated Press: "The monument - lighthouse of Antiquity, the Acropolis of Athens, reopened this morning as well as all the archeological sites of Greece, in the presence of the President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou, two months after its closure due to the pandemic of the new corona."
Italian TV channel Rai Tre reported about the return of tourists to the Acropolis in the headlines of the most important news of the day. Rai Tre stressed that "from today, visitors can go up to the Acropolis again, the gates of which reopen after two months. This is also true for all other archeological sites in Greece."
#Greece has reopened the #Acropolis of #Athens on Monday for the first time in two months, following the easing of #coronavirus restrictions.#Greece pic.twitter.com/DJ2PLp6zdS
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"In Greece, the famous Acropolis and other archeological sites have reopened to visitors," said the German public radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk Kultur, noting that President Katerina Sakellaropoulou attended the celebrations.
In a news report titled "Travel to all the islands", the Austrian News Agency (ARA) states that the Acropolis and other archeological sites are opening in Greece from today, and that Greece is gradually removing travel restrictions at home. From May 25, travel to all islands is allowed. Flights from EU countries will resume in late May and June.