Ancient Greek sites opened to the public again on Monday after COVID-19 restrictions had kept them closed for two months.

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Greece’s Culture Minister Lina Mendoni led the opening at the Parthenon, becoming among the first to visit the ancient Greek complex in Athens.

“The Acropolis, a world monument, will now be able to continue inspiring with its marbles shining under the sun,” Ms Sakellaropoulou told the press following her visit.

Open-air archaeological sites are the first category of cultural sites to return to normal operations in Greece. Open-air summer cinemas are set to also open their doors on 1 June, followed by museums on 15 June and art events on 15 July.

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Visitors to antiquities will still need to keep a social distance and COVID-19 adjustments will be made in accordance to instructions of the National Public Health Organisation of Greece (EODY) in order to ensure people’s safety. Apart from social distancing there will be limits to the number of visitors at the sites, separate entries and exits and plexiglass divider panels where these are deemed necessary.

Sites are open from 8am through to 8pm daily.

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