Tuesday, April 20

Italy intensifies police controls during Easter to prevent the increase of Covid-19

The Italian government will put an additional 70,000 police officers in the field over Easter in a move to intensify controls and checks.

The areas considered to be most at risk for the spread of Covid-19 are especially targeted: parks, the coast, stations, streets, highways, ports and airports are under additional surveillance.

“This is not the time to lower our guard, and to let go of that sense of responsibility shown so far, because the progress made by the vaccine campaign finally gives a glimpse of a different horizon that will allow us to gradually return to normality”, Italy’s Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese told the newspaper The messenger.

“In this delicate social context, the police forces continue to carry out a careful surveillance and for that I want to thank all the men and women committed to professionalism in our cities,” he added.

Ministry of Interior confirmed plans on Thursday, who agreed that stricter measures were needed to force citizens to comply with the red zone rules.

Italy’s Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese said the additional police power is “rigorous” but balanced. (Photo by Sven Hoppe / dpa / AFP)

Speaking at the National Committee for Public Order and Safety, Lamorgese said that monitoring across the country is “rigorous” but balanced.

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The increased police presence is intended to ensure that people do not bend the mild amendment to the red-zone rules over Easter weekend.

From April 3-5, people from all over Italy can move within their region to visit friends and family once a day, between 5 a.m. M. And 10 p.m. M. The trip is limited to two adults and children under 14 years of age.

Some 70,000 additional officers will monitor the movements of people over the Easter weekend. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

The decision to tighten police controls came after examining the state of public safety and the effects Covid-19 has on the economy.

It is not the first time that Italy has increased security during a national holiday. All major holidays have been given different rules since the pandemic broke out in Italy just over a year ago. Christmas and New Year 2021 saw the country go in and out of the blockade in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus during peak hours of movement.

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Since the pandemic began, the state has reviewed 3,894,431 people and 9,795,830 businesses (March 11, 2020 to March 28, 2021).

The police, in conjunction with the military operation “Safe roads” (Safe Streets), are deployed at Covid-19 hotspots to implement national lockdown measures. This has also included the intensification of controls in areas particularly affected by the virus, such as Bergamo.


Some regions face higher levels of restrictions. In Tuscany, several cities will see reinforcements with access to beaches denied and entrances to the coast blocked. Liguria, for its part, has banned the use of boats during the Easter weekend.

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