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Sir Elton John faces a € 1,000 fine for not wearing a face mask in public in Italy


Sir Elton John could be fined € 1,000 for not wearing a face mask in public after enjoying a meal at a posh hotel in Capri, Italy.

Sir Elton [73], who is on vacation with his family on the South Island, posed for a cozy photo with a friend in front of the Grand Hotel Quisisana, a five-star resort in Campania.

The region is currently enforcing a rule that face masks must be worn in public spaces, as well as in bars, shops, and outdoor restaurants.

Rules are rules! Sir Elton John could be fined € 1,000 for failing to wear a face mask in public after posing for a leisurely photo with a buddy in Italy

Codacons, Italy's national consumer affairs association, has reportedly made an official complaint about Sir Elton's behavior.

Not only was Sir Elton on the hotel's front steps without a face mask, he was snuggled up to his friend in a photo posted on social media, disregarding social distancing in a one-two punch to rule breaking.

Codacons has complained to the Naples Police Chief, Capri City Council and the Campania Regional Government, stating that Sir Elton "broke the rules".

Carlo Rienzi, the club's president, said: “The rules are the same for everyone. People in Campania are required to wear masks outside, and so are VIPs and famous people. & # 39;

Crime scene: The photo was taken after Elton dined at a fancy hotel in Capri, Italy - the Grand Hotel Quisisana [picture]

Crime scene: The photo was taken after Elton dined at a fancy hotel in Capri, Italy – the Grand Hotel Quisisana [pictured]

The maximum fine is € 1,000, the minimum fine is € 400.

MailOnline has contacted a Sir Elton representative for comment.

However, that complaint was criticized by Sir Elton's businessman friend Roberto Russo, who said the Rocket Man singer arrived at the hotel in an electric buggy.

This came after arriving in Capri's harbor on a yacht and allegedly wearing a mask the entire time.

In trouble? Codacons has complained to the Naples Police Chief, the Capri City Council and the Campania Regional Government, stating that Sir Elton has broken the rules [Elton is pictured in February].

In trouble? Codacons has complained to the Naples Police Chief, the Capri City Council and the Campania Regional Government, stating that Sir Elton has broken the rules [Elton is pictured in February].

When Russo arrived at the hotel to have a drink with his family, he said to Elton, “As the law allows, he had an aperitif without a mask. He didn't step on the streets of Capri! & # 39;

Speaking to Ansa, Italy's national news agency, he continued: “We were the only ones at the bar, and returning to the yacht was done the same way with masks on. Codacons should get the facts right! & # 39;

However, the picture shows Elton on the front stairs at the hotel entrance, no mask.

Family outing: Elton is currently vacationing with his family on the southern Italian island [pictured with husband David Furnish and sons Zachary and Elijah, 2014]

Family outing: Elton is currently on vacation with his family on the southern Italian island [pictured with husband David Furnish and sons Zachary and Elijah, 2014]

Terrace conversation: When Elton arrived at the hotel to have a drink with his family, he is said to have "had an aperitif without a mask" on the terrace, says his friend

Terrace conversation: When Elton arrived at the hotel to have a drink with his family, he is said to have "had an aperitif without a mask" on the terrace, says his friend

Italy, which was one of the hardest hit countries at the start of the pandemic and imposed one of the first lockdowns, intends to extend the country's current state of emergency until the end of January.

The COVID-19 rules currently apply until October 15, but are expected to be extended until the beginning of 2021.

In Italy the numbers are high. 1,500 new cases are registered every day. The death toll stands at 35,800.

The country's health minister said on Thursday: “We must resist with the knife between our teeth for the next seven to eight months!

"In the months ahead when we don't have a COVID vaccine or COVID cure, we are going to need correct behavior from people as this has allowed us to lower the curve over the past few months."