Quarantined Yet, Still Beautiful
Since the government closed down everything apart from super-markets, mini markets, grocery stores, butcheries, pharmacies, and repair stores, Athens seems already a ghost of her former lively, never-staying-still self.
Educational institutions were closed around the country on 13 March, retail and non-essential businesses were closed by 16 March, and by 23 March the country was on complete lockdown. Many of you, especially our Italians readers (keep strong, guys!), will, unfortunately, recognize the feeling. We even miss horns and traffic jams.
While under such conditions, the measures taken by the Greek government seem to be in the right direction, the repercussions for the already fragile economy of the country would be dire.
Βookings have slumped, deposit payments are being delayed, cancellation policies are being revised and most city hotels have closed. But it is not only tourism. Exports, banks, shipping, aviation, trade, and investments also suffer. Small businesses that had to close down due to the measures, as well as other professionals who had to suspend activity, have started counting their wounds; more so, since scientists estimate we have still a long way to go and healthcare workers in Greece find themselves unprepared to face the virus on many fronts.