Overview of the Situation in Greece

            As of May 17, 2021, the COVID caseload remains very high, with an overage of over 2,000 new cases reported each day. The vaccination campaign in Greece has reached just over 1.5 million people (14.2% of the population) with the second shot of their vaccine, and an additional 1.2 million people have received a first dose. The lockdown measures which had been in force since early November have now been mostly dismantled, with retail, restaurants and cafes, archaeological sites, and museums all back in operation, and travel between regions permitted once again. 

            Citizens and permanent residents of the US, UK, Canada, and several other countries (as well as the EU, of course) may now 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. Please contact Eric Driscoll (assist.director@ascsa.edu.gr) 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 must be willing to take COVID tests (PCR, rapid, or self-) regularly; a negative result is required for travel to and from all Greek islands (except Salamina, Evia, and Lefkada) and is recommended strongly for everyone traveling between regions on the mainland as well. 

 

 

Current Status of the ASCSA

            The ASCSA remains closed to the public in conformity with the government’s orders closing libraries and archives. With the lifting of most lockdown measures in mid-May, members (only) may now access the School, subject to the policies below.

            The renovation of Loring Hall is nearly complete, and rooms should be ready for occupancy in mid-June. Please contact Niamh Michalopoulou (niamhmichalopoulou@ascsa.edu.gr) with any questions about Loring Hall.

            Members or other researchers interested in the status of specific departments or resources of the School—the Agora or Corinth excavations, Archives, the libraries, or the Wiener Lab—should consult the relevant staff of that department.

            The academic program for 2021-22 is expected to proceed as normal with COVID precautions in line with government policy as it evolves throughout the year.

 

COVID-19 Measures and Policies

            In principle all new members of the ASCSA are required to be fully vaccinated before accessing the School’s facilities. “Fully vaccinated” means that at least two weeks have elapsed since the final required vaccine shot. Members who are unable to meet this requirement will be accommodated but should contact Eric Driscoll as soon as possible (assist.director@ascsa.edu.gr); in most cases one week of isolation followed by a negative COVID test result will be required before accessing the School.

            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. Members should continue to observe social distancing regulations, and avoid crowding at tables during lunch even outside.

            The School has distributed bottles of hand sanitizer through the facilities; members should routinely wash and disinfect their hands while at the School. 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 5-7 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 at 694 55 82 274 for further instructions.

 

(Posted on 11 May 2021; most recently updated 17 May 2021.)