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Italy: A device to enforce social distancing in Florence Cathedral

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As Italy slowly eases restrictions after one of the strictest Covid-19 lockdowns in Europe, authorities at Florences Duomo Cathedral have prepared to welcome visitors with a particularly innovative device: a wearable social distancing sensor.

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Life in Italy is gradually returning to normal as the country slowly emerges from a pandemic that has killed more than 32,000 people.

Restaurants, bars, cafes, hairdressers and shops were allowed to reopen from Monday after more than two months of one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe.

In Florence, authorities at The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo) are preparing to welcome visitors with a particularly innovative device: a social distancing sensor that is worn around the neck.

“It is a device that immediately alerts you if you are too close to another visitor,” explained Timothy Verdon, director of the Cathedrals museum.

“So it wont be a question of evaluating the distance a bit vaguely. By wearing it, the visitor will feel the sensor with a vibration and a sound that will inform him that hes too close to another person, less than two metres away.”

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