Greece began accepting foreign visitors arriving at Athens and Thessaloniki airport on Monday, many of whom made their way to the country's beautiful islands. Footage filmed on the island of Mykonos on Monday highlights the excitement of beach-goers who travelled to the Greece following several months of borders being closed due to the coronavirus crisis.
«We came now because the quarantine is over. We came to have some fun and feel like we left home behind, because we don't 'stay at Home,'» said Greek tourist Vicky upon disembarking from a ferry. Stay at Home was the government's motto throughout the lockdown.
Bars situated on the beaches are yet to open and many beaches were seen to be empty in the morning but began filling up as the tourists arrived via ferries and small planes from the mainland. In Mykonos town, many of the shops are still closed but the first few began opening their doors as soon as the tourists disembarked.
Tourist Helena explained the reason she came to Mykonos was because «Greece has handled the coronavirus situation extremely well,» and she felt «safe» going there. «Plus, it's a lot cheaper now with everything that's going on,» she added.
Greece reported just over 3,000 cases of coronavirus, with 184 linked deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.