Elton John’s spokesperson has mentioned the singer is “absolutely supportive of sporting a masks in public” after he was accused of flouting face masks guidelines throughout a go to to the Italian island of Capri this week.
Codacons, Italy’s main shoppers’ affiliation, filed a criticism to native and regional authorities, saying John must be fined after pictures appeared of him not sporting a masks exterior a lodge. The Campania area, of which Capri is a component, final week made it compulsory for face coverings to be worn exterior because it tried to stem an increase in coronavirus infections.
“The legislation foresees fines of as much as €1,000, and applies for everybody, even VIPs,” Carlo Rienzi, the president of Codacons, mentioned on Wednesday.
John’s spokesperson instructed the Guardian: “Elton is respectful of native guidelines and absolutely supportive of sporting a masks in public to guard himself and others. When pictured, he was at an outside restaurant, on his approach to his desk to take a seat down and eat along with his household. He can clearly be seen placing a masks on instantly after.”
A pal of John who organized his journey on Capri denied that any rules had been damaged.
John is reported to have travelled to the island aboard a yacht along with his husband, David Furnish, and their two sons.
Codacons is basing its claims on two pictures displaying John not sporting a masks on the five-star Grand Resort Quisisana – one as he posed for a photograph with a member of employees, the opposite as he walked in direction of a desk on the lodge’s terrace.
“He put his arm round somebody and greeted folks with out sporting a masks,” mentioned Stefano Zerbi, a spokesperson for Codacons. “He was out within the open in a public house – the legislation have to be revered by everybody, together with celebrities from overseas.”
The allegations have infuriated Roberto Russo, a Capri entrepreneur and pal of John’s who organised the household’s transportation from the marina to the lodge. Russo instructed native media that John wore a masks in the course of the journey and “didn’t step foot within the streets of Capri”.
He continued: “As soon as on the terrace, he bought out and, because the legislation gives, consumed an aperitif with no masks. I used to be there and make sure we have been the one folks on the bar because it was the ultimate day of opening … The return journey occurred the identical approach, with masks worn. In future I hope Codacons discover extra truthful issues to report.”
Marino Lembo, the mayor of Capri, instructed the Guardian he would examine the claims, however that he felt they have been “a bit exaggerated”.
“It appears he was sitting on the lodge terrace along with his household, distancing … perhaps with no masks, as that’s what you are able to do when you find yourself sitting down in a bar or restaurant,” he mentioned. “I don’t know whether or not he was strolling round Capri with out one … It’s not as if you happen to go and disturb somebody whereas they’re on vacation … however I’ll do stiff checks to search out out.”
“Fines are solely imposed when [breaking the rule] is confirmed,” he mentioned.