Here’s a sampling of newly prohibited behaviors:
No eating or drinking other than in restaurants, no littering, no sitting other than in a restaurant, no resting or reclining under a portico, no dangling feet in the canals, no swimming (yuck), no bare chests or sunbathing, no bicycling, no roller blades. In other words, keep moving and don’t stop until you’re ready to spend money in a restaurant, and be neat about it when you do!
There has been an effort to eliminate take out food all together, which directly effects the tradition of selling food for less at a cafe counter rather than at a table. So far the 6 officers hired to be €˜picnic police’ have been giving warnings prior to issuing fines.
In their defense, trash has become a major issue (with McDonalds contributing more than their fair share). All refuse must be bagged, collected, loaded onto boats and taken far away. And if the Mayor has his way, the pigeons had better keep their whits about them as well – he’d like them to disappear right along with the trash!