WATCH: Venice gondolas return as lockdown eased eNCA
Venice's gondolas glided across the Grand Canal as Italy's lockdown eased, taking the odd local from one side to the other as they wait for tourists to return.
eased, taking the odd local from one side to the other as they wait for tourists to return.Wearing not only their famous blue and white striped t-shirts but also gloves and masks, the gondoliers helped passengers climb into the boats, where tape had been used to mark the
social distancing spacespeople must keep on board."It's good news, a sign of everyone's desire to get back to normal as soon as possible, but without ever lowering our guard in order to defeat the virus once and for all," said Giovanni Giusto, city councillor for the Protection of Traditions.
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The gondolas serve in particular the Rialto fish market and the popular Dorsoduro area. Six passengers can board at a time.The smaller, often ornate gondolas traditionally used to ferry tourists around the northern Italian city are expected to return to the water on June 3, when people from the European Union will once more be allowed into the country.
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