Latest From Italy: Exercising - and Fines - During Coronavirus

Monday, April 20, 2020

 

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Rebecca Couto da Silva (pictured) provided her weekly update from Italy on GoLocal LIVE.

Connecticut native Rebecca Couto da Silva appeared on GoLocal LIVE for her latest update on life during the coronavirus crisis in Balzano, Italy -- and spoke to everything from exercising, to fines, in the European country -- and more. 

"Obviously there are people violating [rules here and] getting tickets. I think that people understand if you go out and do something, you’re taking a big risk and the fines went up," said da Silva. "You hear a lot of 400 Euro fines. If you pay it within 30 days it’s 280 — it’s still a lot, you know."

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"We’ve been liberated in the province I live -- we’ve been liberated to exercise outside as long as we maintain physical distancing," she added.  "I actually went for a run the month after I had my last run — I had actually gone for that last run a month ago knowing this iron curtain on activity would come crashing down. One month is a lot of time not to do strenuous exercise. I really hope that as places in the U.S. tighten up, they can also find a way to let people continue to get the sort of mind-clearing outdoor time that they need."

From her apartment in Balzano, da Silva spoke to the debate going on in the United States about how -- and when -- to reopen the economy.

"[Italy's] doing what it can. There are people frustrated but it would be a really small minority of people that say. oh just open it all up again right now. It’s a very small minority," said da Silva. "I’ve seen media from the U.S. and other countries basically like, well this is the cost of deaths, in opening up the economy again. That’s not a mainstream line of thought here. It’s how can we get back to work and protect people and keep hospitals at capacity."

Connecticut native Rebecca Couto da Silva appeared on GoLocal LIVE for her latest update on life during the coronavirus crisis in Balzano, Italy -- and spoke to everything from exercising, to fines, in the European country -- and more. 

 
 

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