Capri, Ischia and Sorrento to begin. And then also the Aeolian and Egadi, Pontine, Elba and Giglio islands. Until Sicily and Sardinia.
Italy too, on the model of Greece, could have its islands Covid Free and thus open to tourists safely. It can be done – says the Minister of Tourism Massimo Garavaglia -, the point is to create a mechanism for which it is simple to circulate, the direction seems clear enough to me. The idea is to study an ad hoc vaccination plan for workers and residents of the holiday resorts in order to create Covid-free places and restart tourism as soon as possible.
The Greece case and the commissioner’s plan
The model is Greece that has been creating Covid-free islands for a few months, so much so that at the end of the month all the inhabitants of the 69 islands will be vaccinated and from 14 May it will open its tourist season with the obligation of a tampon or vaccine for those arriving: And already boom of bookings from all over the world.
Italy is still behind, so much so that the entire tourism sector has long been asking for a date to reopen and plan the new season in time. Last year, hotels and beaches only reopened at the end of June. Like the smaller islands which, as the Messenger, they wrote to the extraordinary commissioner Francesco Figliuolo asking not to be left behind with respect to the large tourist resorts. And the commissioner replied by preparing a plan to verify that the conditions for an ad hoc vaccination plan are in place: a medical center on the island is needed, an area where the vaccination center can be built, an adequate number of medical and nursing staff.
Ischia, Capri and the other islands of Campania
In the meantime, the Campania Region has already prepared an ad hoc plan of 20 thousand vaccinations for its islands which each year attract thousands of tourists from all over the world, the United States in the lead. In fact, by the end of the month all the residents and workers of the islands of Ischia, Capri, Procida and then the Sorrento coast will be vaccinated. It starts from Ischia on April 16.
Covid-free Sicily and Sardinia
And Sicily and Sardinia go further and ask Prime Minister Mario Draghi to make the two islands Covid-free. Our condition of insularity, which limits access points to ports and airports, makes health checks easier – the two governors Nello Musumeci and Christian Solinas write in a joint note, who said they were willing to buy the vaccine doses at their own expense. necessary – if we proceed quickly with the vaccination of the entire population, we will be able to accommodate tourists in complete safety by opening real preferential corridors to countries and regions that have already completed immunization. So, Covid-tested flights and ships are also welcome to get to the islands.