To combine health security and economic viability, the mayor of Athens, in Greece has decided to close entire streets to traffic. “We are here right in the center, at the foot of the Acropolis, and this is one of the arteries that will soon be reserved for pedestrians. Only delivery men and residents can circulate here”, explains Matthieu Boisseau, special envoy to Greece. It is a way of preparing the return of tourists from June 15.
The idea is to give walkers more space to respect physical distancing measures as much as possible. “However, there is also an economic argument, since shops and restaurants will also be able to widen their terraces”, details the journalist. This is how Athens tries to save the tourist season. Tourism is a crucial sector for the Greek economy. This pedestrianization measure is valid until the end of August and it is not excluded that it will be renewed.
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