Residents can expect to start receiving the Government COVID-19 vouchers as from today, and should wait 24 hours for the vouchers to be activated.
This is being done to ensure the safety and security of postal workers, the Government said in a press conference on Wednesday morning.
Economy Minister Silvio Schembri said that Maltapost should take one-week-and-a-half to deliver to all residents.
The Government is providing five €20 vouchers to all Maltese residents aged 16 and upwards, four of which are to be used at Malta Tourism Authority licensed establishments, such as restaurants, bars, hotels, lidos, travel agencies, diving schools etc, while the fifth voucher is to be used at any business forced to close their doors during the height of the pandemic.
The four MTA-business related vouchers are marked in red while the retail-establishment voucher is marked in blue. Each voucher has a QR code, with eligible businesses having to download and activate a mobile application and submit VAT and bank account information upon activation.
This allows businesses to use the application to scan the vouchers and receive same-day payment from the Government directly into their account.
All vouchers are being sent through registered mail with Maltapost. Should nobody be home when the postal carrier comes calling, a note with a barcode will be left. Residents must then bring the barcode and their ID card at the nearest post office to collect the vouchers.
Vouchers will be kept at the post office for 12 days, after which the post office will issue another notification to the household in question to pick up the vouchers.
The scheme, aimed at bolstering the economy through galvanising domestic demand and consumption, is being operated on a blockchain system.
Government stressed that the authorities are unable to see where the vouchers are being spent, in order to respect an individual’s privacy.
Individuals were cautioned to take care of the QR code on the voucher, as it is their responsibility to ensure the code is in tact and available for use.
There is no limit on the number of vouchers an individual can transfer to another person of their choosing.
Businesses have been reminded that cashiers must scan both the QR code as well as the VAT receive whenever accepting vouchers as payment.