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Italian Island Declares It’s ‘COVID-Free’ and Ready for Tourists

by Jori Ayers May 11, 2021

As Italy begins the process of gradually reopening to tourists this month, the small island of Capri is leading the charge and proclaiming it will soon be “COVID-free.”

Located in Italy’s Bay of Naples, Capri is famed for its beautiful coastline, five-star accommodations and restaurants, and stunning turquoise waters. A destination that relies heavily on tourism from the rich and famous, the local authorities are now encouraging all who want to visit with the promise that the island will be free from COVID-19.

According to CNN Travel, the governor of Italy’s Campania region, Vincenzo De Luca, announced that Capri is concluding vaccination efforts and is looking forward to getting the hospitality and tourism sectors back on their feet.

The mayor of Capri, Marino Lembo, further confirmed the vaccination program’s current success. He shared with CNN Travel that 80 percent of the 15,000 citizens on the island have received their first dose of the vaccination. Those who work in the tourism sector on the island but live on mainland Italy have also been promised a vaccination by the end of the week.

“It is a very strong message that we send to the whole world — you can come here in total safety,” stated Lembo.

Along with the claim that the island will be free from the virus, the mayor also promises that nasal swabs with immediate results will be provided to those departing from the island after their stay.

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