Covid-19, Malta to relax further restrictions
The authorities in Malta will be relaxing further measures, including the opening of child care centres and summer schools. This was confirmed by the Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela who said that the government is planning to lift more restrications related to COVID-19. Healthcare workers and medical professionals, including workers’ unions in the sector are opposing the new plans. However, the Maltese Prime Minister declared that it was no longer the time to stay at home but to go out to work. In recent days, civil servants had received a circular in which they were forced to return to work. Restaurants and bars were allowed to re-open as from last Friday subject to a number of regulations. The restaurants have reported revenues equivalent to 10% of previous levels. Meanwhile, the Malta International Airport will remain closed at least until mid-June. Representatives of the medical professions has urged Prime Minister Robert Abela to not reconsider opening the airport for travel between countries considered to be safe. However, the Superintendent for Public Health, Professor Charmaine Gauci said that discussions are underway. So far, Malta has 120 active cases of COVID-19 while 485 patients have recovered.