In view of temperatures up to the 40° C mark, Greece decided last weekend to make all 515 guarded beaches nationwide accessible again. Due to the entry restrictions, this initially only applies to locals.
Of course it was not entirely without restrictions: the sun-loungers were disinfected before use and the umbrellas were set up at least 4 metres apart. Only two loungers were allowed on each umbrella. Compliance with all measures was monitored by officials from the regulatory office.
The maximum number of visitors was limited to 40 people per 1000 square metres of beach area so that the recommended distance of one and a half metres could also be maintained away from the loungers. In order to be able to check this, access cards were issued at the entrance. On some occasions, a short fever check was carried out for all guests.
The bathers had to refrain from ending the day on the beach with a cool beer: The measures also included that the sale of alcohol was prohibited and that food was only available in packaged form.
Conclusion: It does not sound like carefree beach fun, but in the current situation it is what is needed and expected.
We recently saw the pictures of crowded beaches in Florida shortly after it opened, so these measures may be a better idea to keep the virus at bay. A positive outcome could possibly accelerate the opening for foreign tourists. The starting date is currently July 1st.