Let's by honest. The UK has not had a #lockdown not now and not in March.
Compared to Countries that took it seriously (Spain, Italy, Greece etc) what we had was a mild inconvenience.
That's why we're no further forward in beating #Covid_19
Woeful leadership #BorisJohnson
— Chris1878 (@chriswatson187) September 22, 2020
Italy here, we had a strict lockdown with masks obligatory, allowed out once a week to food shop, track and trace very effective as was testing for Covid19. The UK Government has done nothing but lie re testing [email protected] and your lockdown was a complete joke compared to ours.
— Sarah (@Sarah51580278) September 22, 2020
The decree states that masks must be worn “in the spaces pertaining to places and premises open to the public as well as in public spaces (squares, open spaces, streets, promenades) where due to the physical characteristics it is easier for gatherings to form, including those of a spontaneous and occasional nature”.
And people in Italy continue to face stiff fines if they are caught flouting the rules on wearing masks. The penalty is currently 400 euros.
Shops and restaurants are strict about enforcing the rules, as police checks are common. If a customer is found not wearing a mask when required, not only does the customer face being fined, but so does each staff member on the premises.
More Italian mayors voicing their distress with those ignoring quarantine protocols.
“Now, did you all become runners all of a sudden?”
“We will send police. With flame-thrower.”
Authorities have pressed charges against 40k people for violating lockdown.pic.twitter.com/iXfEr0gfim
— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) March 24, 2020
“Once there is a positive we test all those who may have come into contact with them. The real problem of the epidemic are the cases with no symptoms, if you do not intercept these, you do not come out of it,” he said.
Drive-through testing in Rome. Photo: Laurent Emmanuel/AFP