Greek eating places and cafes reopened their terraces on Monday after six months of pandemic shutdown, with clients flocking to take in the sunshine and a return to “regular life”.
“At this time I really feel like I am alive once more, like I have been revived,” joked Andreas Riminiotis, a retiree savouring the ambiance on the Da Capo cafe in Athens.
“Earlier than the cafes closed in November, I take advantage of to return right here day-after-day to drink a espresso and speak with my mates. It was my favorite solution to cross the time, the treatment to all ills,” he stated, including that he welcomed an opportunity to return to “regular life”.
The reopening was all of the extra poignant and joyous because it got here a day after Orthodox Christians in Greece celebrated Easter, when believers mark the resurrection of Christ.
Greece has been beneath Covid-19 restrictions — together with a curfew of various strictness — since November.
The third wave of the pandemic has hit Greece notably arduous with the vast majority of the nation’s practically 10,000 virus deaths occurring over the previous few months.
Non-essential companies and faculties reopened in early April.
On Monday, the outside terraces within the capital’s stylish Kolonaki district crammed up with clients.
‘I have not labored in six months’
“I have not labored in six months,” stated Yannis Karagiannakis, a waiter. “I used to be going round in circles, was depressed.”
Some 330,000 individuals are estimated to work within the restaurant sector in Greece and on Monday solely cafes and eating places with outside seating have been permitted to reopen.
“Twenty p.c of companies haven’t got terraces,” stated Yorgos Kavvathas, the president of the restaurant employee union.
He added that the Covid-19 pandemic had compelled the closure of dozens of institutions in Athens and Thessaloniki and that scores extra have been in peril of going out of enterprise.
Cafes reopening on Monday need to adjust to the next tips — a most of six individuals per desk, waiters carrying masks and testing as soon as per week.
A curfew of 11:00 pm continues to be in impact within the nation.
Greece, whose economic system depends closely on tourism, has sped up its vaccination drive forward of the summer season season, with individuals over 30 at the moment eligible for the jab.
The nation at the moment has some 345,000 circumstances of coronavirus and greater than 10,400 deaths in a inhabitants of 10.8 million.