Italian trade unions: COVID-19 pass controls on public transport impossible

It is currently impossible to control peoples’ COVID passes on public transport because there is not enough staff. [Shutterstock / MikeDotta]

It is currently impossible to check peoples’ COVID passes on public transport because there is not enough staff to carry out such a task, trade unions in Rome have said.

They complained that the Italian government did not support new measures with tools to apply them adequately.

“Public service times would be enormously extended, but above all, there is a lack of tools”, the secretary of the trade union FILT CGIL of Rome and the Latium region Eugenio Stanziale, told ANSA. He said that the most plausible short term solution is to enforce social distancing and make sure people wear face masks when using the services.

“At the beginning of the lockdown, we proposed to introduce facilitators on public transport, some ad hoc staff to control the keeping of social distancing and the wearing of face masks, but our idea was not contemplated,” the regional Latium secretary of the trade union FIT CISL Marino Masucci told ANSA.

With Italy in the middle of a fourth wave, Health Minister Roberto Speranza and Transport Minister Enrico Giovannini introduced tighter measures to contain the infection on public transport on 15 November, as reported in The Capitals last week.

Compared to last week, Italy on Sunday recorded 28.3% more COVID-19 cases and 27.8% more related deaths.

The Italian government is accompanying new restrictions with new momentum behind the third dose vaccination campaign.

(Eleonora Vasques | EURACTIV.com)

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