The Italian regions are preparing for the arrival of tourism from June 3, when the country opens its borders with the European Union (EU), with initiatives such as health passports or free tests to verify that the citizens who arrive are not infected with coronavirus (COVID-19).
“We would like to offer all tourists who come a free test or a serological test (that detects if a person has already developed antibodies against COVID-19),” explained the president of the autonomous province of Bolzano (north) on Tuesday. ), Arno Kompatscher.
It is the proposal of this small province, located at the foot of the Alps, which is also studying the establishment of “COVID-19 free zones” in hotels and other accommodation, areas that will only be accessible if a sanitary test has been previously carried out. that shows you are not infected.
The authorities of the island of Sardinia analyze for their part whether it will be possible to request tourists a health passport or a certificate proving that they do not have coronavirus.
On June 3, Italy will open its borders to EU citizens as a measure to incentivize tourism, which represents almost 13% of gross domestic product (GDP).
The Italian government has already announced that it will allow unrestricted movements throughout the country and is finalizing the details of the plan to present it in the coming days.
According to the Italian media, the Executive is analyzing whether to allow a full opening or to delay for at least a week the movements of citizens from regions such as Lombardy and Piedmont, those most affected by the pandemic, to continue controlling cases of contagion.
In recent days, images of young people gathered in leisure areas and night parties in various cities of the country have been seen, despite the fact that crowds are still prohibited.
To control that security measures are being complied with in the country, the Government will recruit 60,000 volunteers this week to monitor these spaces.
In Milan, the capital of Lombardy, local authorities have already announced that they are going to ban the sale of alcohol to take away by restaurants and bars from 7:00 pm, to prevent young people from buying beers or other alcohol. and they drink it on the street, but it will be allowed to be consumed at the tables of these places, which must respect the safety protocols.
“Let’s hope that next weekend things will improve a little,” said the Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala.