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Museum attendance in Greece plummets
*Image Credit: Eurokinnisi / Giannis Panagopoulos

Visitors to Greece’s museums dropped by 97% in June this year.

The Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) announced the data last week.

It is recalled as a precautionary measure to help control the spread of the deadly virus in Greece, museums and archaeological sites were closed in March.

They reopened on Monday, June 15, with strict safety measures in place.

A decrease of 95.3% was observed in the number of visitors who were exempt from paying admission (students, pensioners etc) and a drop of 98.2% in those who paid an entrance fee, the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) said on Thursday.

Over the six-month period from January to June, compared to the corresponding period of 2019, museum visitor figures recorded an 80.1% decrease, with a 78.2% drop in the number of nonpaying visitors and an 86.7% reduction in their paying counterparts, taking into consideration that museums were closed for just over three months.

In the same period archaeological sites saw an 85.3% contraction in the number of visitors, with an 83.2% fall in the number of free admission visitors and a 90.3% decrease in those who paid an entrance fee.

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