City hall announces summer initiative
As summer temperatures rise, Milan’s city administration has launched an “anti-heatwave” plan to protect the more fragile residents.
The activities will include “neighbourhood fiestas” in 12 city boroughs on Friday 4 July. Ten of these will be in the suburbs, where the city administration plans to pay particular attention.
Friday's 4 July fiestas will be held from 16.00 to 19.00 where the courtyards and piazzas will be animated with music, dancing, entertainment, cultural exchanges, street food, art shows, readings and kids’ games. The organisation will be handled by volunteer and non-profit associations and local shopkeepers.
The city also has a toll-free number – 800 777 888 – staffed 24 hours a day for the elderly and others in difficulty over the hot summer months, and invited residents to use the number also to let city hall know about anybody they believe is having problems with the heat.
Last summer the city carried out over 24,000 home visits between June and September, including over 13,000 deliveries of “meals on wheels”.
The administration has earmarked some €450,000, which is €40,000 more than last year. Another €150,000 has been contributed by sponsors and volunteers for setting up the street entertainment, and a further sum will be provided by the city’s sports committee.