COVID-19: New Precautionary Measures announced by Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne


The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has just issued a list of outlets which have to be closed as of 8am on Monday 23rd March 2020.

“Upon the order of the Superintendent of Public Health, as from the 23 March 2020 at 8am, the closure of all shops whereby their principal business relates to the selling of:


– Clothing

– Sportswear

– Jewellery

– Hand bags and leather goods

– Costume jewellery and accessories

– Footwear

– Non-prescription eyewear

– Perfumeries

– Beauty products

– Haberdasheries

– Soft furnishings

– Household appliances

– Souvenir shops

– Discount stores

– Luggage shops

– Toy shops

– Hobby shops

– Furniture

– Florists and vaping shops, shall be observed.


The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister stated that this decision applies to the above mentioned shops whether operating in shopping malls and/or elsewhere.


These shops may still sell and provide delivery services of their products in the community.


As announced earlier today, Government is also requesting with effect from the said date and time the closure of outlets providing non-essential services, namely hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, spas, nail artists, nail technicians and tattooists.


Fines of €3000 will be imposed each time these new measures are breached.




In a joint press conference held with the Superintendent for Public Health Prof Charmaine Gauci, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health, Chris Fearne announced new precautionary measures in relation to the COVID-19 Outbreak.

The measures announced are as follows:

1. Non-essential retail shops will be closing, with effect from 8am on Monday 23rd March 2020.

2. Non-essential service outlets will also be closing, with effect from 8am on Monday 23rd March 2020.

3. Public Gatherings and Public Meetings will be prohibited as from 8am on Monday 23rd March 2020.

Deputy PM Fearne said that grocery stores, convenience shops, bakeries, supermarkets, pharmacies, pet shops, post offices and stationeries are exempt from this directive, as are telephony and other essential services.

Meanwhile, delivery services will still be allowed to operate, however shops such as clothes shops, hairdressers, barbers and beauticians must remain closed, with a €3,000 fine in place should any shops or outlets continue to operate.

The full details, including the types of outlets, services and gatherings, pertaining to the above three new precautionary measures will be listed in the Government Gazzette tomorrow, as per a relevant Legal Notice.



Deputy Prime Minister also appealed to the media and to the general public to adhere to the official announcements by the Health Authorities and the Health Ministry.

The amount of cases as of today, Sunday 21st March 2020 is 90, as 17 new cases have been registered over the last 24 hours. Mr Fearne said that 27 of these are recovered in hospital, with one in stable condition at ITU. Meanwhile, the rest are recovering in their own homes.

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