With new lockdowns etc, has anyone thought what they will do next year if covid still causing problems ? If still plf forms facemasks , possible quarantines will you still want to go. Ive really missed my greek fix this year but hate hassle
Cariad, I think if things continue to escalate, the forms etc may be irrelevant as I honestly think Greece will once again close their borders to protect their citizens, and who can blame them. Having just returned I can say I’m very glad we went, the Greeks respect the virus and act accordingly, we received several apologies from locals we have come to know, just because they were unable to give us their normal welcoming hug. In general I felt very comfortable in Skiathos, far more than in Chester where we live. If you decide to travel, and it’s a very personal decision, no right or wrong, again just my opinion but the benefit of a holiday, again if you’re sensible and obey the rules, are worth the hassle. I reiterate, these are purely my own opinion, and I would never try to influence anyone’s decision.
Hi everyone, I haven’t posted for a little while but have been on every now and then and have enjoyed reading the posts of people who did manage to get there this year. My personal response to this would be that no,we won’t probably even consider trying to get to Skiathos next year.
Having said that,I agree totally with balddave that it’s very much a personal decision,and this is just my personal opinion.
I totally understand it’s a personal decision. My OH was more than apprehensive about going this year and eventually I persuaded him to go. From start to finish, Jet 2 flights, taxis, restaurants & bars were so good, even better than I could have ever thought. It was all probably even more doable with the reduced numbers visiting, but I commend all of them. Going forward, the virus ain’t going to disappear soon, & now that it’s part of our lives, hopefully things will improve in all areas so that we can live our lives to some sort of past normality. We hope to be back next year, fingers crossed, and hopefully all of us on here are able to go also. It’s still as beautiful as ever 😄. Even the OH was so glad we went - thankfully!
Post by yorkshiremouth on Sept 26, 2020 7:34:37 GMT
I think the answer lies in how the U.K. and Greek governments responses have changed over the last 6 months, and how we’re changing over many areas of our lives into this ‘new normal’.
The initial response was to close all borders, close all pubs and schools, etc.
What is it now? Close borders only to islands with high infection rates, pubs open only until 10:00pm, seating 1-2m apart, schools back but in bubbles.
We’re coming to understand that you need to play whack-a-mole with a small, soft mallet, rather than a wrecking ball.
Skiathos has been a huge success this year. With only a few days of the season left, it appears that the island has only had 1 case, who didn’t become very ill. Talk of tourists bringing a horrible plague which would ruin the island now look pretty fanciful.
Of course, there are still dangers. But all the data we currently have, both in Greece, elsewhere in Europe, and in our own towns and cities, is that the spread of the virus has been easily checked, apart from when young adults ignore the guidelines.
So I wouldn’t go to Ibiza, or Mykonos. But even if you’d not seen the stats, you’d guess that Skíathos simply isn’t the sort of place it was likely to spread.
Nothing is impossible. A super-spreader here, a bit of bad luck there, and things could have been worse. But that’s no more true on Skíathos than anywhere else. Indeed, if you look at government & WHO advice on how to avoid the virus, and look at a typical holiday on Skíathos, the latter immediately looks far safer.
I certainly felt - and by all the expert advice, I was - far safer on my holiday than I am now that I’m back at work. And I mean ‘far’ safer. It’s not even close. I feel like my job is regularly forcing me into relatively unsafe scenarios, whilst the lifestyle on Skíathos is pretty much designed to keep you safe.
If I were retired and with enough money, and the virus continued to take off, and I wanted to go to the safest place I knew, I’d go to Skíathos.
Having been to Skiathos 6 times in the last 8 years (after years of never going to the same place twice in succession when there were still places I hadnt seen)I'd already earmarked 2020 as a non Skiathos year anyway. Parga had been on the radar for 3 or 4 years without me getting round to it so that was top of the list. All booked pre pandemic and after already having a visit to Italy (another place I'd never been) in June wiped out I wanted to get away and mum, thoughnow in her late 70's, was also keen but then the restrictions got worse and we thought it wouldnt happen and werent even sure if we wanted to. Then there seemed a chink of light as August approached but then some flights were cancelled and I had some rejigging to do which resulted in 10 nights being cut to 7. We went, bit stressful as I ended up doing the brunt of getting mums paperwork sorted out (with current rules in place there is simply no way she could travel alone, she can barely open an email) so it wasn't as relaxed for me as a normal holiday but overall glad we went, if nothing else we got to stay overnight in Meteora, in fact I clocked up equivalent of just under 450miles driving during the week so very different to a Skiathos holiday!