- From the scene at Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport this afternoon, it appears to be almost a normal August this year, with summer in full swing — or as close that as we are going to come to that, this exceptional year of the coronavirus.
Walking through the terminal, passengers are making their way as they normally do to their gates, dressed for summers on the Greek islands as they usually are during the summer.
Despite the increased numbers of coronavirus detections throughout the country in the past weeks, causing the national health authorities to place curfews on the island of Poros, and banning even standing at bars and other entertainment venues, Greece is getting through the summer tourist season the only way it knows how.
It is opening all the doors it can in the hospitality sector which is so very vital to the country — while making sure everything is done according to the strictest possible standards for health protection.
Just some scenes showing a walk through the airport this beautiful, sunny afternoon will show you all the activity going on there today as Greeks still head out to the islands for their essential vacation time.
Greece, not a country to give in to any adversity lightly, is clearly doing all it can to beat back this virus while still remaining open to tourists, one of the backbones of its economy and its life.
Even with the somewhat fewer numbers of travelers, the situation from here is far better than it is in so many other countries which have not dealt with the virus’ ramifications nearly as well.