New COVID-19 measures have been announced by Health Minister Roberto Speranza and Transport Minister Enrico Giovannini on Monday (15 November) for both public and private transport in response to the growing infection rate in the country.
According to the new measures, trains can be halted if railway staff believe there are one or more people with suspected symptoms. Alternatively, they can isolate individuals with such symptoms in a specific area. Central stations in big cities like Milan, Rome and Florence, will also impose tighter controls on COVID passes. Controls will be imposed at smaller stations whenever possible.
Ticket inspectors will also be allowed to ask for COVID certificates as well as tickets.
Bus drivers will have to wear surgical or FFP2 masks, to be provided by the transport company, and a protective shield will be installed to provide additional protection. Both trains and buses have to be fully sanitised at least once a day.
Taxis or other private transports will not allow passengers to occupy the seat next to the driver, and the latter will pick up a maximum of two people from different households.
Although Italy does not rank among countries with the worst COVID-19 situation, it is in the middle of the fourth wave, and cases are rising.
(Eleonora Vasques | EURACTIV.com)