This page attempts to provide a snapshot of the prospects for membership at the School. Inevitably, the situation is constantly evolving, so members should seek out updates online and contact the appropriate staff of the School with any questions.
Overview of the Situation in Greece
As of September 10, 2021about 5.8 million people in Greece have received a second vaccination shot (54% of the population), and the rolling average number of new COVID cases remains high. However, the lockdown is no longer in force, and all public places (museums, archaeological sites, bars, and restaurants) are now open.
Currently, citizens and permanent residents of the EU, US, UK, and several other countries may enter Greece freely and without any quarantine requirements so long as they (i) provide proof of either completed vaccination or a negative PCR test result for COVID and (ii) submit a Passenger Locator Form in advance of their departure from travel.gov.gr. Canadian citizens are not currently permitted to enter Greece without an EU/Schengen Area residence permit or visa, or travel authorization from the Greek embassy to Canada declaring the travel to be essential. Please contact Simone Agrimonti if you require advice on the legalities of traveling to Greece at the moment, after first consulting the Athens International Airport's useful FAQ and travel.gov.gr for the latest available information.
Finally, those in Greece should expect to be tested or self-tested for COVID periodically; in particular, negative tests may be required for travel between regions within Greece.
Current Status of the ASCSA
The ASCSA and all its facilities are now open for members; visitors can only visit by appointment.
The renovation of Loring Hall is complete, and rooms are ready for occupancy. Please contact Niamh Michalopoulou with any questions about Loring Hall.
The academic program for 2021-22 is expected to proceed as normal with COVID precautions in line with government policy throughout the year.
COVID-19 Measures and Policies
All new members of the ASCSA are required to be fully vaccinated before accessing any of the School’s facilities. “Fully vaccinated” means that at least two weeks have elapsed since the final required vaccine shot. Members and prospective members who are unable to meet this requirement should contact Simone Agrimonti.
Members are required to follow the government’s directives and public health recommendations. In particular, the government’s policy calls for masks to be worn at all times in public, both inside and out, except while seated at a restaurant. Masks must therefore be worn at all times while in the School, including in the library stacks and Loring Hall. Members should continue to observe social distancing regulations, and avoid crowding at tables during lunch even outside.
The School distributed bottles of hand sanitizer through the facilities; members should routinely wash and disinfect their hands while in the facilities. The guards will continue to measure the temperature of everyone entering the grounds using a non-contact thermometer.
All members are strongly encouraged to take COVID self-tests routinely (e.g., on a weekly basis). These tests are available for 7-10 euros at any pharmacy.
If any member should test positive for COVID, they should immediately alert the Director and/or Assistant Director by email, and contact Dr. Nick Michalopoulos (6945582274) for further instructions.
(Posted on 11 May 2021; most recently updated 08 September 2021.)