ATHENS – Public transportation in Athens will operate on a normal day schedule on Friday, May 1, staff decided on Wednesday, "to celebrate Labor Day in a different way because of the coronavirus pandemic."
This means that Athens metro lines 2 and 3 (red and blue), the tram, buses and trolleys will operate on a weekday schedule, as this has been shaped by the pandemic measures.
The electric train (ISAP), however, the urban railroad, and all TrainOSE schedules (for the organization's buses as well) will suspend operation on Friday to celebrate the day with a 24-hour strike called by the General Confederation of Workers of Greece. The suspension of urban railways on Friday will affect the stops between Doukissis Plakentias and the Airport, as this part of the blue line is managed by TrainOSE.
Also suspended by the railroad company are the schedules between Serres and Thessaloniki on Thurday and Saturday (trains 3631, 3632).
The union of Athens urban transport employees said in a statement, "May Day is a commemorative day honoring the working class heroes which is being being celebrated differently this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. We continue our daily effort to defend public health and protect human lives. We look after the safe transport of workers who also contribute decisively to managing this serious health crisis."