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Greece Showcases Rich Cultural Heritage Once Again as Museums Reopen

The ancient Agora and the Acropolis, Athens

Museums across Greece reopened on Monday after a three-month shutdown imposed by health authorities in the battle against against the coronavirus outbreak.
The Public National Health Organization (EODY) and the Ministry of Culture and Sports have collaborated to ensure that a 2-meter indoor and 1.5-meter outdoor distance among all visitors is observed at all times, alongside the mandatory use of protective face masks and an eight-people group tour maximum.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, accompanied by Culture and Sports Minister Lina Mendoni, visited the archaeological site and the museum of the Ancient Agora of Athens on the occasion of the reopening of the museums.
Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis visiting the Ancient Agora of Athens

“We cannot think of Greece without open archaeological sites and museums. We are glad that all our museums are open today to all visitors, both Greeks and foreigners,” the Prime Minister stated.
The Greek leader pointed out that the country’s archaeological sites have been open for a month now (since May 18) and today our museums are also opening “so that they can safely welcome – above all – the visitors, who will visit our country this summer, but also those of our fellow citizens who want to rediscover the beauty, the magic of this special place, but also of all our archaeological sites.”

“Our first concern is safety”
Mitsotakis sent a clear message to prospective visitors, reassuring them that the primary concern of the government is not only the safety of visitors, but also the safety of employees.
“That is why all the necessary measures have been taken to ensure that this opening, in the post-coronavirus period, will be as safe as possible,” he said.
He reiterated that this summer will be different from any previous one, but – as he stated – “we want the experience of contact with the Greek culture to be as authentic as possible. And this is exactly what we are trying do, with the significant support and the great work of the Culture Ministry.”

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