Italy to recruit volunteers to monitor citizens’ adherence to social distancing rules

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Italy has revealed plans to recruit 60,000 volunteers who will monitor citizens’ adherence to the social distancing rules in the country’s post-lockdown phase.

The scheme, announced by Regional Affairs Minister Francesco Boccia, on Monday came amid mounting concern that people are mingling dangerously close to one another on beaches, in bars and on public squares.

According to Boccia, they will be called “civic assistants” and will wear blue vests.

Boccia said a recruitment call, open to all citizens but with priority given to the unemployed and recipients of welfare aid, is to be published by the Civil Protection Agency this week. Italy suffered a devastating outbreak of the coronavirus, however, the epidemic peaked in late March, and after weeks of falling infection numbers the country’s lockdown was de facto ended on May 18.