Greece Reopens Museums, Theatres, Open-Air Cinemas Later in May


The Ancient Epidaurus Theater. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Evi Fylaktou)

ATHENS -- The country's gradual reopening during the coronavirus pandemic ahead of the tourism season includes Greek museums as of May 14 and open-air cinemas as of May 21, Deputy Minister for Civil Protection & Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias said at Friday's regular live briefing.

The minister also said live outdoor performances will resume on May 28. All reopenings are accompanied by restrictions in the numbers of people attending and in capacity, such as summer cinemas (75 pct capacity maximum).

Hardalias also reiterated previously announced reopenings, such as kindergartens, primary schools, high school grades 7-9, and frontistiria on languages and college examinations (the latter two for 12th graders only), all of which restart on Monday. Nursery schools and music schools will reopen on May 17.

Administrative courts will resume their duties on May 10, along with some departments of civil and criminal courts.

Hand-on workshops and lab classes at private colleges will restart on May 17, together with adult education schools, while fee-based beaches are to reopen on Saturday, the minister also reminded the public.