Tourist city in Italy bans evening walks to halt overcrowding

Italy is one of the best tourist destinations in Europe. Not only for tourists but also for the residents the city life opens good ambiance to pass leisure time.

To avoid overcrowding in cities during the Covid pandemic, Italian authorities in Florence have announced that people will be banned from the city’s most popular nightlife areas unless they’ve been eating or drinking in the area.

Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella has signed an ordinance banning people from wandering around popular areas on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings until further notice.

Access to six areas of the historic city center — including the popular nightlife area of Santo Spirito — is not allowed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. unless people are using the bars and restaurants there.

Eating or drinking on the steps of the basilica of Santo Spirito is banned 24/7, as well. Anyone breaking the rules will be fined between €400 and €1,000 ($475 – $1,185).

The rules will be in place until the end of the pandemic. In the meanwhile, Locals have reacted angrily to the news. 

“It’s fine to say you can’t bring a beer along and chuck it on the ground, but limiting access — no, it’s not right.”, reacts public.

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