Events of more than 100 people indoors and 300 outdoors have been banned while dance floors will be shut down. These are among the new restrictions being enforced locally to help curb the spread of Covid-19 in Malta.
Announced by Prime Minister Robert Abela and Health Minister Chris Fearne in a press conference held this morning, restrictions will also be applied to hospital visits, reduced to one hour per day and by family members only.
Visits to the elderly residing in care homes will have also be reduced to one family member only and behind Perspex.
Additionally, a fine of €50 will apply to anyone not wearing a mask on public transport and in shops.
The restrictions followed a steady spike in Covid-19 cases over the past week, mainly stemming from large-scale parties, festivals, feasts and clubs.
While the most recent social distancing rules permitted venues to have one person per four square metres of space, today’s additional restrictions stipulate that events will only be allowed with less than 100 people inside and 300 outside.
Also, Health Minister Fearne said all venues must have clear signs stating how many people can be inside an establishment at any given time, to aid the authorities assess whether rules are being adhered to.
Superintendent of Public Health, Charmaine Gauci announced 49 new cases of Covid-19 today, which brings the total number of active cases in Malta to 311.