The administration of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) decided not to operate the University Camp in Kalandra, Halkidiki (Possidi) this year as well, in order to ensure public health and specifically to avoid situations of non-observance of health protocols, which could lead to coronavirus and epidemiological outbreaks in the region, in the middle of the tourist season.
The Committee of the University Campus of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki had initially suggested that the camp be operational, but taking into account the epidemiological data as well as the phenomena of open gatherings and crowds without observing sanitary measures, which intensified in recent weeks, re-evaluated its recommendation. Property Development and Management (EADP) of AUTh. Then the Board of EADP AUTh, in an extraordinary meeting “with a view to ensuring public health and above all the safety of members of the University Community of AUTh, accepted the suggestion for the non-operation of the University Camp Kalandra AUTh in the summer 2021” .
“It goes without saying that the protection of public health is a top priority, as is the commitment of those who serve society from positions of responsibility to the national goal of economic recovery and employment, following the adverse conditions imposed by the pandemic for months. The good epidemiological image of the country, and especially of the most popular tourist destinations, such as Halkidiki, is a prerequisite for a successful tourist season, which will give financial breath to thousands of employees and companies, which directly or indirectly belong or depend on the tourism industry. “, Said to APE-MPE the rector of AUTh, professor Nikos Papaioannou, explaining the reasoning behind the decision. “It is understandable that members of our university community look forward to returning to a place identified with the carelessness and joys of university life after months of confinement. Also, for the financial development of the university, the non-operation of the camp for the second consecutive year has a cost. “But we need to see the big picture and how some situations can affect the lives of our fellow human beings.”
The letter from the Rector’s Office to the members of the university community refers to the “open gatherings and crowds of citizens, especially the younger age groups, without observing any sanitary measures and protocol”, with the assessment that “similar situations and images are very difficult to avoid at the University Camp in Kalandra, Halkidiki “. “Based on this fact and in combination with the very strict measures required for the operation of the camps, it is considered uncertain and unsafe the implementation of the respective mandatory sanitary measures and protocols for the large number of campers that can accommodate the Camp”, it is clarified.
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