Whilst the Tourism Minister, Clayton Bartolo, is yet to reveal what plans are, an announcement on whether or not bars will reopen their doors on Monday will be made ‘by the end of the week, as the Minister shared.
Ever since October, bars were shut down in an effort to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Although bars were then initially set to reopen on December 1st, the government has been extending the measures every month since.
Therefore, unless extended, the current legal notice will expire on Monday 1st March. This means that bar owners will find out if their bars will be allowed to reopen last minute.
Meanwhile, Bartolo only revealed that the announcement will take place later on this week and authorities will continue to financially help bars. When the government extended their closure throughout February, a €2.2 million aid package for bar owners was instigated.
A tourism ministry spokesperson shared, ‘As part of the strategy to return to normality, government is currently focused on the successful implementation of the vaccine roll-out which is making Malta the EU country with the most vaccinations per capita.’
‘Meanwhile, businesses impacted by restrictive measures will continue to receive the necessary support. Government will announce decisions in due course.’
Elsewhere, 221 new COVID-19 cases were registered overnight.