From Monday, non-essential retail and non-essential services must close 

22nd March 2020

Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne made the announcement on Sunday afternoon.

Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne announced that shops providing non-essential goods, and non-essential services have to close their doors as of Monday 8am.

He also announced a ban on public gatherings. Mr Fearne was commenting as he confirmed 17 new cases of the COVID-19 pandemic, taking Malta’s total up to 90.

He said that the pandemic reached a new phase, that of community transmission. He said that while the number of locally transmitted cases remains low, measures are being introduced to match the stage Malta finds itself in.

The first set of measures refer to all non-essential shops having to close their doors, such as clothes chops, shoe shops, toy shops, electronics, household goods and other non-essential items.

Shops selling food, such as supermarkets, grocers, bakeries, confectionaries and fishmongers may remain open.

Anybody in breach of the order will be fined €3,000, while details on all measures being introduced tomorrow 8am will be provided on the Government Gazette.

The second wave of measures is the closure of non-essential services, this refers to hairdressers, beauty salons and tattooists. More details will also be found on tomorrow’s Government Gazette.

Postal services, medical services, banks and transport are not covered in the ban.

Pet shops are also to remain open.

The third set of measures refer to a ban on all public gatherings, the definition of which will also be provided in the next gazette.

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From Monday, non-essential retail and non-essential services must close