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Self-Isolation Key To Tackle COVID, Italy’s Aeolian Islands Set An Example

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

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Sicily’s stunning Aeolian islands have adopted tight regulations to combat COVID spread which are paying off. Out of seven islands, five are COVID-free safe havens.

Rules are stricter than in the rest of the region. 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.

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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