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Security to be stepped up at Pitti Uomo

Security at menswear trade show Pitti Uomo in Florence is to be heightened, with spot checks and police presence.

Pitti Immagine, the organiser of the 89th edition event, on January 12-15, said it is working with authorities on new protocols to protect attendees.

It did not say there had been a specific credible threat but has announced that checks carried out at entrance points by employees and police officers will be increased. There will also be random spot checks on bags and other pieces of luggage.

Additional security cameras will be installed to monitor entrances, passages between pavilions and internal areas. The day before the launch and at the end of each day police will also carry out a thorough inspection of the site.

The fair’s luggage office at the Fortezza da Basso will operate at a lower capacity. Visitors arriving by train are being advised to leave baggage at the luggage office in the Santa Maria Novella railway station. Those leaving luggage will have to provide an identity document that will be photocopied and matched to luggage.

The period of time that vehicles can be parked inside the Fortezza da Basso will be monitored and restricted.

Pitti Immagine said it is confident the extra checks will not cause too much of a disturbance.

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