Corfu, Greece – For the past 14 years, Eleni Chrysikopoulou has raised her children selling trinkets to tourists.

Her shop is well situated at the intersection of two main streets in the heart of Corfu town, but that also means she pays a hefty rent.

Last year nearly ruined her.

COVID travel restrictions meant that Corfu received just 28,000 visitors from cruise ships, down from 850,000 in 2019.

The 1.5 million visitors who arrived by air in 2019 dropped by three quarters.

“A lot of shops have closed. I know of many instances, people who’ve been in business for years. I’ve no idea what happened to them. Perhaps they went back to their villages,” Chrysikopoulou told Al Jazeera.

She fears she will also be forced to

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