(CNN) — We’ve had pre-travel testing, quarantine on arrival and “covid-free” flights. Now comes one thing new within the journey trade’s battle towards the pandemic: “covid-free” trains.
The idea is being launched in Italy, the primary European nation to be hit onerous by Covid-19, which, one yr on, is within the grip of a feared third wave.
But the nation’s foremost practice operator has introduced plans for “covid-free” trains together with to Italy’s foremost vacationer locations this summer season.
Trenitalia CEO Gianfranco Battisti has stated that on these trains, each passengers and employees might be examined for Covid-19 earlier than boarding. Passengers should arrive on the station an hour forward of departure.
“We will launch a covid-free train at the start of April,” stated Battisti.
“We have chosen the Rome to Milan route for the initial testing phase. Then we will implement this for tourist destinations for the summer.
“It might be a singular alternative which is able to permit individuals to go to locations equivalent to Venice and Florence.”
The company is working with the Red Cross and Italian Civil Protection on the testing. A spokesperson for Trenitalia told CNN that further details cannot be confirmed at present. However, it is expected that the Rome-Milan tickets will go on sale in the near future, on the high-speed Frecce trains.
Currently, Italian trains run at 50% capacity. Passengers must wear masks and, on high-speed trains, where booking is mandatory, must sit in their allocated seat.
Battisti’s comments came at a presentation in Rome of the “treno sanitario,” or “well being practice” — a mobile hospital, with eight carriages designed to care for patients being shuttled between regions. It has been developed as Italy struggles with a third wave of Covid-19, and some regional health services are under more pressure than others.
The train — which has three ICU carriages equipped with ventilators — will even be able to take passengers abroad, if needed.
Meanwhile, 11 major train stations across Italy will allocate “screening” areas, to be run by the Red Cross — presumably to be used for the Covid-free services.
Hubs include Rome, Milan, Florence, Naples, Venice Mestre, and Bari, for those traveling to beach resorts in Puglia.
Termini station in Rome is also due to become a hub for the vaccination program, which the government has vowed to speed up, as many 80-something Italians still wait for their injections.