Tourism is one of the most hit industries from the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and when things will go back to normality remains unknown. As summer is approaching and people are still self-isolated, well-known beach destinations, such as in Greece, do not know what is going to happen this season.
Official data from Greece show that 75% of the bookings for this summer season have been canceled or postponed. The sector, which accounts for more than 25% of the country’s GDP, will decrease by almost 75%, hitting the economy and leaving at least 250,000 people jobless.
Greek authorities and the European Union (EU) are evaluating the usage of an “immunity passport” or “risk-free certificate”.
This document would enable individuals to travel or to return to work assuming that they are protected against re-infection. But the World Health Organization (WHO) says there is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.
Another option is being considered in Italy.
In Porto Cesareo, a small seaside town nicknamed “the Caribbean” of Apulia, a private beach is trying out a set-up respecting social distancing rules with chairs and umbrellas placed 1.5 meters apart and ropes to mark out the spaces for future holidaymakers.
On the private beach “Bacino Grande” the owner Fabrizio Marzano says this summer they are not intending to increase the number of visitors, but are focusing on the services for the customers. Queues at the beach bar would not be allowed, while customers can have their pizzas, sandwiches and drinks delivered to their umbrellas.