Italy, Eager to Jumpstart Tourism Industry, Considers Beach Booths

The roughly 15 ft. x 15 ft. plexiglass booths would fit two beach chairs and an umbrella.

Tourist destinations across Europe are scrambling to find ways to salvage their peak summer season, including Italy, which welcomes 6 million Americans every year, who collectively spend about $5.4 billion, the hotel federation, Federalberghi, reports.

To help protect beachgoers and enforce social distancing, Italy’s picturesque shores may soon be fitted with plexiglass booths.

The firm behind the concepts, Italy-based Nuova Neon Group 2, has released preliminary sketches that show the booths would measure roughly 15 ft. x 15 ft., according to the Daily Mail.

And in Sicily, visitors would get three nights for the price of two, if they venture to the semi-autonomous Italian island.

Italy reopens

More than 4 million Italians returned to work this past week, as the government began lifting restrictions that were imposed on March 9 to slow the spread of Covid-19, NPR reports.

Construction, wholesale and certain manufacturing companies started welcoming employees back to work on Monday.

Restaurants are able to reopen, but only for takeout. Parks can reopen with social distancing measures, and people can move beyond 200 yards from their home, among other activities.


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