Friday, October 2, 2020

Elton John faces N546k fine in Italy for not wearing face mask

Sir Elton John could be fined €1,000 for failing to wear a face mask in public, after enjoying a meal at a swanky hotel in Capri, Italy. 

Currently holidaying with his family on the southern island, Sir Elton, 73, posed for a cosy photo with a pal outside the Grand Hotel Quisisana, a five star resort in Campania.

The region is currently enforcing a rule that states face masks must be worn outside in public spaces, as well as bars, shops and restaurants.

According to reports, an official complaint has been made by Codacons, Italy’s national consumer affairs association, about Sir Elton's conduct.

Not only was Sir Elton without a face mask on the front steps of the hotel, he was cuddled up to his friend in a photo posted to social media, flouting social distancing.

Codacons has complained to the chief of police of Naples, the Capri town council and to the regional government of Campania, stating that Sir Elton had 'broken the rules'.

Carlo Rienzi, the president of the association, said: 'The rules are the same for everybody. The people of Campania are obliged to wear masks outside and the same goes for VIPs and famous people.'

The maximum fine is €1k, the minumum being €400.

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