Visits to ARCHELON’s Sea Turtle Rescue Center are postponed for the next 2 weeks
Aligned with the global efforts against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, ARCHELON’s Rescue Center in Glyfada is taking up preventive measures in order to protect public health. The Rescue Center will remain closed to the public until March 25, 2020.
Dimitris Fytilis, the Rescue Center Coordinator, informs us: “Visits to the Sea Turtle Rescue Center take place outdoors as well on semi- open spaces. However yesterday we felt it was right to postpone the scheduled visits and the Center will remain closed to the public for the next 2 weeks, in order to protect public health, as well as our staff and volunteers."
New preventive measures have been put in place since yesterday, March 10, 2020, in Greece, with a 2 week suspension of operations for all educational units and educational activity sites. ARCHELON’s Rescue Center applies all measures recommended by the World Health Organization and the competent Greek authorities. A plan has been drawn up to continuously monitor and address the likelihood of any outbreak amongst staff and volunteers, in line with the authorities' instructions.
"Our primary concern is to protect the health of the volunteers who contribute to the operation of the Center" says Theoni Karkoulia, ARCHELON’s Volunteer Officer. "It is very fortunate that everyone at the Rescue Centre right now is in good health, no one has traveled to an area with a serious outbreak and no one has been in contact with a confirmed case."
Similar preparations are being made for ARCHELON's conservation programs at the nesting beaches of sea turtles in Zakynthos, Crete and the Peloponnese, which will begin in May. We hope by then that there will be positive developments on this issue of global concern.