Closure of non-essential shops, services & gyms, schools to switch to remote learning

10th March 2021

60% of recent COVID infections found to be related to new variant

Prime Minister Robert Abela announced a series of new COVID restrictions on Wednesday evening, in addition to the measures introduced last Thursday.

As from tomorrow until 11th April, non-essential shops and services, together with gyms and pools, museums, theatres and cinemas must close their doors.

All sports activities are banned.

Restaurants and ancillary services within hotels will only be permitted to provide room service to guests. This is in addition to the banning of in-house dining at restaurants and snack bars announced last Thursday.

Schools will be required to switch to distance learning from Monday, until 11th April.

Weddings and religious activities will also be banned, with Government u-turning from last Thursday’s decision to allow such events, however, funerals will be permitted in accordance with current COVID-19 Government protocols.

With regards to weddings, the legal ceremony can take place, but the celebratory event following this is temporarily banned.

Travel to Gozo will be limited to essential reasons or to visit one's property.

All businesses impacted by the latest restrictions will be given the full €800 wage supplement.

Malta has consistently registered upwards of 150 new cases daily since beginning February, with transmissions reaching fever pitch over the past few weeks.

On Wednesday, Malta registered a record number of daily COVID transmissions, at 510 cases. The last record was reached on 5th March at 362 cases.

15th March 2021

Owners now have until 31st March to apply

9th March 2021

Worst impacted to be helped until end 2021

4th March 2021

A limit on the number of households that can mix indoors has also been introduced

2nd March 2021

'This is a welcome development'

Closure of non-essential shops, services & gyms, schools to switch to remote learning