Malta continuing to ease COVID-19 restrictions
VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Restaurants and snack bars will partially reopen across Malta on May, 10 in a boost for coronavisrus-hit businesses as the number of COVID-19 infections remains under control. However, they will be only allowed to reopen for lunch until 5pm and a maximum of four individuals per table will be allowed.
This was confirmed by Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela as he announced the easing of further restrictive measures which are aimed to limit the transmission of coronavirus within the community. The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association said that the re-opening of restaurants for lunch only does not make business sense for the majority of restaurants.
From today, all non-essential shops and services, as well as all museums have reopened. Four people can gather in public and people from four different households can gather in private residences. It is being requested that masks are to be worn at the beach.
However, mass events will not resume once the country reopens to tourism on June, 1. There is no date yet when bars, social clubs and gyms will reopen, and English language schools have been deemed high risk and there is no date yet for their reopening.
Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne announced that the vaccine certificate will come into force in May and this would facilitate traveling. Malta is expected to enter into bilateral agreements with non-EU countries in order to recognize the certificates and exempt travelers from quarantine in case of full vaccination. The authorities are insisting that as from June 1, passengers have to present either the certificate or a negative PCR test to be allowed to board a plane to Malta, otherwise they would be barred from boarding. At present, 30% of the passengers arriving in Malta do not have the test.
Malta has 422 active cases while 413 lost their life due to the pandemic. Until Sunday, the health authorities administered over 313,279 vaccine doses with 100,686 being the second dose.