Greece further eases coronavirus restrictions

Cinemas, casinos and children’s summer camps in Greece reopened on Monday, while concerts, conferences, commercial fairs and artistic events can once again be held, in the latest phase of the country’s easing of lockdown measures, news wires reported. Outdoor summer cinemas have already been open for several weeks, but this is the first time indoor theaters will be able to operate since the lockdown was imposed in March.

On Wednesday, international flights will be allowed at regional airports across the country. Currently, tourists can fly into only Athens or the northern city of Thessaloniki. Greece has been eager to attract foreign visitors, as tourism makes up a significant part of the country's economy. Wednesday is also the day when yachts and other vessels from abroad will be allowed to dock at Greek ports.

Greece’s government imposed a lockdown early on in the country’s coronavirus outbreak, a move that has been credited with keeping the number of deaths and critically ill patients low. On Sunday, Greece reported no new deaths and 10 new cases, for a total of 191 deaths and 3,376 confirmed cases. The country has gradually been easing restrictions.

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