Primary schools and junior highs have reopened for in-class classes in Greece for the first time in months as the country easily reduces the coronovirus ban despite daily infections and deaths
The Greek courts also resumed a number of activities, with all cases again with the civil courts and criminal courts now hearing cases involving defendants in custody and accessing the statute of limitations next year.
Long lines developed outside the courtyard in the northern city of Thessaloniki as lawyers, witnesses, defendants, and court staff. The number of people inside each courtroom has been capped to optimize officers.
Greece has been subject to coronovirus-related sanctions since early November, but has slowly begun easing measures as it prepares for a significant summer tourist season. Restaurants, bars and cafes opened for outdoor service for the first time since November last week, while retail stores have also reopened on an appointment basis.
Domestic travel between the regions will resume this weekend, when the museums also re-open, while open-air movie theaters will reopen next week.
Government spokesman Aristotelia Peloni said that with the opening of the tourism sector on 14 May and the resumption of domestic regional travel, a very important step would be taken for both society and the economy.
The tourism industry is a major revenue source for Greece, and the government is hoping that international visitors will help strengthen the economy, even after a decade-long financial crisis that reduced the country’s GDP by a quarter.
All school grades are now open in Greece. Students and teachers are required to conduct the COVID-19 test at home twice a week and are allowed to upload the result so that they can attend classes. The tests are provided free of charge and the same requirement has been extended to workers in many areas who have reopened.
Kostas contributed to Thessaloniki, Greece, and Sriden Nedeljkovic and Derek Gatopoulos in Athens.
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