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Greece to reopen tourism services on May 15

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Greece’s prime minister says the country’s tourism industry will open on May 15 when a ban on travel between different regions in the country will also be lifted

ATHENS, Greece — Greece says its tourism services will open on May 15 when a ban on travel between different regions of the country will also be lifted.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the announcement in a televised address Wednesday, adding that restaurants and cafes will be allowed to reopen outdoor areas starting on May 3.

“Our goal is to have a safe Easter and a free summer. But one cannot undermine the other,” Mitsotakis said.

“That’s why we should not travel at Easter. Athens and other cities still have many COVID cases. Mass movement carries the risk of spreading the virus everywhere.”

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On Monday, Greece lifted quarantine restrictions for travelers from EU member states, the U.S., Britain, the United Arab Emirates, Serbia, Israel, and non-EU members Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland that are part of a European travel pact. Travelers from those countries are no longer be subject to a seven-day quarantine requirement.

Easter is considered to be the most important religious holiday in the predominantly Orthodox Christian country and is often celebrated with relatives in rural ancestral homes.

After the holidays, schools will reopen on May 10 for grades 1 through 9. Students in the final three grades returned to class on April 12.

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