British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley Johnson, enjoyed a nice and relaxing sumptuous dinner on Thursday evening at his favourite restaurant on Horto Beach in the Pelion region.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic travel advice from the government, the 79-year-old arrived in Athens on Wednesday night, as reported by Greek City Times.
Johnson had flown via the Bulgarian capital Sofia because the Greek government has banned direct flights from the UK until mid-July.
According to Dailymail, speaking from the balcony of his villa in northern Greece, Johnson said: “I’m in Pelion on essential business trying to Covid-proof my property in view of the upcoming letting season. I need to set up distancing measures at the property because they’re taking it very seriously here.”
Responding to criticism, he said that he came to Greece to carry out the necessary work at Irene Villa, in order to ensure that it is safe to rent inline with the necessary health protocols.
Pelion and Horto, specifically where the Johnson family’s villa is located, has been a favourite holiday resort for years, both in summer and winter.
It is recalled that earlier this week, Greece extended its ban on flights from the UK and Sweden until July 15.
The decision was made during a meeting held at Maximos Palace on Monday, chaired by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. He reportedly said: “The whole opening procedure is dynamic and the data will be continuously evaluated.”
The Foreign Office is advising British nationals against all but essential international travel.
Meanwhile, airline companies and tour operators are increasing pressure to form a so-called “air bridge” that would allow British and Greek tourists to visit each others countries without having to do a compulsory quarantine measure.
“We must get these air bridges set up as soon as possible. From what I’ve seen the arrival of the British will not be a danger to the Greeks because they’re so careful here,” Johnson added.