We have received reports from many quarters of something that has happened in the past few hours in Liguria, Genoa in particular. The Municipality of the Ligurian capital, in consultation with the Region, has decided to develop regulations for social distancing on public beaches in preparation for the upcoming bathing season.
So far so normal, except that in order to determine the spacing, it was thoughtful to place plastic bags filled with sand on the beach to demarcate the available places. You heard right, made of plastic, it is not clear whether this is biodegradable or not, but from what we have learned we fear not and little would change anyway. A swell from the southern quadrants hit the Genoese coast these days, resulting in many plastic bags ending up in the sea. The municipality made it clear in a memo that they were in arrears, then that they intended to replace them with jute bags, but from the reports coming in, the damage seems done, and in any case the eventual remedy does not erase the blame for a measure that is conceptually flawed to say the least.
The champions of reopenings, Giovanni Toti and Marco Bucci, in their legitimate purpose to give the beaches back to the Genoese soon, may have run a little too far and slipped on a…plastic bag.
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