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Sicily’s local government will offer to subside holidays for both domestic and international visitors in a bid to kickstart tourism on the island again following COVID-19. The regional government has put aside a pot of money to subside visitors’ accommodation costs and for example offering one night of a three-night trip for free. The region in Italy will spend €75 million (£67 million) on ensuring many of the services, such as admissions to archaleogical sites and guided tours are free.

Tourism fell by 95 percent in Italy in March and the national tourism agency is forecasting a €20 billion (£18 billion) plunge in tourism spending.

The Italian government have opened the country open slowly to tourism and the Rome Colosseum is now open again to visitors, as well as the leaning tower of Pisa.

Sicilian governor Nello Musumeci is desperate to salvage what he can from the island’s summer season.

Tourism minister Manlio Messina has said tourists will be asked to use an app if they have symptoms such as a fever and a cough.

The use of the app will not be compulsory, but tourists can choose to use the app for any health advice.

He said: “If tourists develop the disease during the stay, they will then be assisted remotely 24 hours a day”.

Director of the Messina Institute, Dino Bramanti, said: “Once the positivity to Covid has been ascertained, one of our team of doctors will visit the tourist to provide with some tools.

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“To monitor the state of health on different aspects: the heart rate, the oxygenation, and even other pathologies such as diabetes, if affected.

“Information that will be immediately communicated to our centre where we can be continuously updated on the patient’s state of health and know when to intervene in the event of an aggravation of health conditions.

“In that case, public health structures will monitor the condition of patients based on the pathology developed: from the fractured femur to the simple flu.”


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This week the rule demanding new arrivals to Italy must self-isolate for two weeks will be scrapped for visitors from Europe.

All travel between regions in Italy will also be allowed to resume.

On any normal year, Italy welcomes 63.2 million tourists and is the fifth most visited country in the world for international tourists.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega

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