Italy’s aviation body has approved the use of drones to monitor to movement of people during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) confirmed the process on Monday after it reportedly received requests for additional support from many local police units.
A Euronews report detailed how the authorisation for the use of drones will last until 3 April, when the travel restrictions in Italy will theoretically be lifted.
The drones can be used in urban areas and where there are small populations exposed to the risk of impact.
Euronews went on to explain that several regions of Italy, including Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy, are already using drones and other equipment to help enforce quarantine restrictions.
Italy has been in lockdown since March 10, and citizens can only leave their homes to go to work, buy basic necessities or for health reasons.