“The lockdown was a rough patch for us, because we closed the dairy. We sell our products mainly on the local market and hope that the situation will get better and the tourism will return to some extent, allowing us to sell.”
Giorgos Syrianos, Cheesemaker and Livestock Breeder in Mykonos
Empty chairs placed at Syntagma square, as part of the “EMPTY CHAIRS” European protest of people in the catering and tourism industry protesting about the consequences of the new coronavirus pandemic in their sector, Athens, 6 May 2020.
“At this time, the beginning of the summer season, the airport would be bursting with life. Millions of visitors from around the world would come to Athens and we were getting ready to welcome them”
Senior agent at Airport Information, Maria Iatrou, at the info desk in Athens International airport, during the restrictive measures for flights, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Athens 9 May 2020.
“The airport was so empty of passengers only in the days before its inauguration, in 2001. Only, back then, the feelings were the opposite: there was joy and suspense”
Christina Kanaki, Terminal Operations Supervisor in the empty departure lounge in Athens International Airport, during the restrictive measures for flights, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Athens 9 May 2020.
“The first week was very hard; there was lots of fear, hysterics and panic. We knew it right from the start that there would be shortages, so we applied purchase restrictions for disinfectants and masks.”
“Now with the epidemic, in addition to helping my mother with all errands, I also deliver groceries free of charge for many customers who cannot leave their house because they belong to vulnerable groups or because they are scared.”
Dimitris Zaros, 25 y.o., Delivery Service Employee
“I feel proud to be a part of the campaign against the spread of covid”
Nikoletta Iliopoulou, 34 y.o., Municipality of Athens Disinfection unit.
She was appointed at the municipality two years ago, under the procedure of the Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection (ASEP). She is married, with three children.
“It's hard to not see your loved ones, your family, or to have to be out to protect them as well as everybody else in Attica”.
Sergeant Stergios Kakarontzas (L), 28 y.o. and constable Charalambos Baylis (R), 26 y.o., pose in front of the Parliament, Athens, 12 April 2020. Stergios Kakarontzas in not married and lives by himself.