While a section of Americans are seeing the mask rules as infringing upon their rights and several such people in India have ditched protective covers with creatively crafted excuses, two men in a tiny hamlet in Italy are setting an example amid the pandemic season.
The two retirees – Giovanni Carilli, 82, and Giampiero Nobili, 74 – are the only residents of the secluded town of Nortosce, located in the province of Perugia in Umbria, and according to CNN, they are strictly adhering to the COVID-19 rules mandated by the authorities. The report said they don’t have any neighbours and they rarely leave the town.
They’re not taking any chances. Every time the two meet, they ensure two-metre social distancing and remember to wear their masks, the report said. This despite the fact that they have no fear of contracting the infection from a third person, given they don’t have any neighbour. For them, facing coverings have become nothing short of a sacred rule.
Nobili is the brother of Carilli’s brother-in-law and still makes artisan jewellery, which according to him is inspired by the abundance of the nature in the town.
“I’m dead scared of the virus. If I get sick, I’m on my own, who would look after me? I’m old, but I want to keep living here looking after my sheep, vines, beehives and orchard. Hunting truffles and mushrooms. I enjoy my life,” CNN quoted Carilli as saying.
According to current rules, Italians are required to maintain a social distance of at east one metre and masks are mandatory in all public spaces. The local police has reportedly been handing out fines ranging from 400 to 1,000 euros to those refusing to wear masks.
“Wearing a mask and respecting social distancing is not just for health reasons. It is not something ‘bad’ or ‘good’. If there are rules you need to abide by them for your own sake and other people’s. It’s a matter of principle,” the report quoted Nobili as saying.
The virus has claimed nearly 37,000 lives in the European country.