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Greece hotels in no hurry to open despite lifting ban

Athens daily Kathimerini reports year-round hotels in Greece's major cities remain closed, although they have been allowed to resume operations since yesterday after closing in March because of the new coronavirus outbreak. Hoteliers are waiting for the borders to open first from June 15 to visitors from 29 countries to decide what their next actions will be.
“Bitter lifting the curtain for hotels” is also the title in the Thessaloniki edition “Tipos Thessalonikis”. The paper says only 40 percent of beds at year-round hotels in the city are open to guests on the first day after the ban on hotel activity was lifted. Hoteliers, who still managed to open, have laid tremendous conditions in very short time to meet the requirements for sanitary measures required by the state.

"Kathimerini” published a map of the 24 blocs Ankara has designated for hydrocarbon reserves in the Mediterranean area it claimed under the memorandum it signed with Libya last November. The blocks reach the Greek territorial waters within 6 nautical miles of the islands of Rhodes, Karpathos, Kassos and Crete. Athens has launched an official protest to the Turkish ambassador because it believes Turkey's actions violate the Greek continental shelf. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said that “Greece was and remains fully prepared to meet this provocation if Turkey decides to ultimately implement it”.

“ Kathimerini” also reports that the archaeological excavations in Greece this year will be conducted with distance, disinfectants and without the participation of students from foreign universities.

The opposition newspaper Avgi criticises the government that as of 1 June, over 11 thousand refugees and foreign citizens granted asylum will remain without a roof over their head. Yesterday, Minister of Migration and Asylum Notis Mitarakis announced that as of 1 June the gradual removal of refugees from state accommodation structures and hotels and apartments rented for this purpose began. The deadline set for this was in April, but it was extended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Avgi defines this step as an “embarrassment” and writes that as well as being left without shelter, hundreds of refugee children will be forced out of school. The opposition edition writes that the minister responds to xenophobic reflexes in society and leaves thousands of families in the squares of cities. /Peter Krev/

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