BREAKING: Commercial Outlets To Re-Open from Monday, Medical Procedures to Resume, Masks To Be Worn In Shops


“Today, we are setting off on the road to a new normality” – PM Abela

With effect from Monday 4th May 2020, some commercial establishments will be allowed to open once again. The aim, PM Robert Abela said, is that by the end of this month it is expected that all commercial activity would be operating once again, with further measures expected to be lifted in not more than three weeks from today, if the COVID-19 Figures remain the same way they are at the moment.

PM Robert Abela said that it is crucial for everyone to continue abiding by the measures which would still be in place. He also said that as announced yesterday, the COVID-19 Wage Supplement will be extended till June so that businesses will not have to carry the burden on their own, as they start the road to recovery.

PM Abela thanked all the frontliners and the people of Malta and Gozo for their sacrifices.



Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne said that from over 1,200 tests in the past 24 Hours, only 2 new cases were found, while adding that “we are in this position,” because, amongst others, the R0 Factor has been below than 1 for over two weeks.

DPM Chris Fearne said that from Monday:

  • ALL Health Centres will once again be administering vaccinations on children
  • Cancer Screening Services will also resume.
  • Endoscopies and Gastroscopies will resume.
  • CT Scans Appointments will resume.
  • ECGs will also resume.
  • 1,200 tests, 2 news cases, R0 Factor has been below 1 for the past two weeks.

Mr Fearne also listed the commercial outlets which will be allowed to open once again as from next Monday. He also said that whilst keeping the social distancing in any case, people will be asked to wear protective masks when visiting these shops.

He also said that CHANGING ROOMS inside clothes shops cannot be used for the time being, whilst also saying that shops will have sanitizers at the entrance which people should use, while shopping malls will have limitations with regards to the number of people which each shop can take.

The shops which can open as from Monday.

  • Lotto Shops
  • VRT Testing Centres
  • Clothes Shops
  • Sport Shops
  • Jewellery Shops (even Costume Jewellery)
  • Shoe Shops
  • Haberdashery
  • Discount Stores
  • Luggage and Travel Shops
  • Toys
  • Hobby Shops
  • Florists
  • Furniture Shops
  • Perfumeries
  • Opticians

DPM Chris Fearne also said that from next Monday the restrictions for Malta-Gozo Travel will be lifted, though still mentioning that face masks are worn, and that passenger capacity will be strictly adhered to.



Superintendent of Public Health, Prof Charmaine Gauci said that a shop owner has the right to refuse access for a person if he would seem or look sick, whilst stating that social distancing will have to apply just the same.

Prof Gauci said that a shop will be allowed 1 person per 10m2, and this information has to be visible at the door of the shop.

Prof Gauci also said that the number of persons that can be in a public space together will be increased from 3 to 4.

2 New Cases, and 16 Persons have also recovered in the past 24 Hours.

More details shortly