While most Italians were staying indoors to avoid catching the novel coronavirus this week, one man was outside trying to catch some waves at the beach.
Then the police caught him.
Bodycam footage released by Italian police on Wednesday shows two officers on horseback waiting patiently onshore for the surfer on a beach near Rome. The masked officers blow a whistle and flag the surfer down, then wait for him to trudge ashore.
“Didn’t we tell you, ‘Stay at home’?” a police spokesperson wrote in a Twitter post with the video.
It’s unclear if the man faced any charges, but police used the video as a tool to encourage people to stay indoors and practise social distancing.
The country has been under strict lockdown measures for over two weeks as it tries to curb the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
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The virus has overwhelmed Italy’s health-care system, killing more than 8,000 people and forcing doctors to make hard choices between who to treat and who to surrender to the potentially deadly disease.
Nevertheless, Italian leaders have been frustrated by individuals who continue to go outside for frivolous reasons beyond walking their pets or getting food.
A video compilation of angry Italian mayors from last week shows them railing against all sorts of offences, including people going outdoors to play ping pong or inviting hairdressers into their homes.
Vincenzo De Luca, the president of Campania, threatens to use force against people who break quarantine to attend parties.
“We will send the police over,” he says. “With flamethrowers.”