In Venice will limit the maximum capacity of the urban gondola with six passengers to five. On July 22 said the President of the Association of gondoliers of Venice Andrea Balbi in comments to CNN.
He stressed that the change applies to the typical narrow gondolas that sail through the small canals. Maximum capacity in larger gondolas which serve mainly to transport through the Grand canal was also reduced from 14 to 12.
Balbi said that the heavy loads often cause the gondola collect water, and this complicates gondoliera navigation in the channel.
As CNN notes, now in the Venice gondolier license work 433 and 180 substitutes the number of gondolas because of the pandemic and the sharp reduction in tourists has decreased.
Flash COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, 2020, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 14.7 million, of which about 8.3 million recovered, and almost 610 thousand died.