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Italy’s Aeolian Archipelago Bans Island-Hopping To Stop COVID

Cala Junco – small bay of Panarea – one of Aeolian Islands near Sicily (Italy). Lipari and Salina … [+] islands visible on the horizon.


No more island-hopping. Sicily’s stunning Aeolian archipelago has adopted tight COVID restrictions which are paying off.

Out of seven islands, five are COVID-free safe havens.

Residents aren’t allowed to island-hop unless it’s for health, work, other urgent matters or if they’re going back to their houses. And when they do move, they must carry along with them a self-certification. 

Local authorities forbid people from leaving their home-isle (either by ferry boat or private dinghy) to visit friends and relatives or go shopping on other nearby atolls, despite all seven islands are quite close to each other and part of the same municipality.

Rules are stricter than in the rest of Sicily.

The two islands with a few COVID cases are Lipari, the largest of the archipelago, and Salina, famous for its capers. The other five – Alicudi, Filicudi, Vulcano, Stromboli and Panarea – are completely COVID-free and mayor Marco Giorgianni, who’s in charge of the entire archipelago except for one island, wants to make sure they remain so. 

Panarea. Aeolian islands. aeolian terrace. Messina. Sicily. Italy. Europe. (Photo by: Domenico … [+] Piccione/REDA&CO/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

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