In a press conference jointly addressed by Prime Minister Robert Abela, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne, and Superintendent of Public Health, Prof Charmaine Gauci announced that from Friday 22nd May 2020, more precautionary measures will be lifted, in what Prime Minister Abela described as a balance between one’s health, and the economy.
“From Friday, the Country can return to Normality”
Below is a roundup of the measures which will be lifted as from Friday 22nd May 2020. All of the measures being lifted as from Friday will all be subject to social distancing rules, while the wearing of face-masks is still advised.
PM Abela said that the activities resuming today would not mean a return to how things were before the outbreak, and stressed on the importance of education in making sure that the new relaxed measures are to be enjoyed, while adhering to all the instructions, mitigation measures and protocols.
- Non-COVID-related Health Services will be reopening as follows:
- Diabetes Clinic
- Cardiology Clinic
- Well-Baby Clinic
- Health Offices (Bereg)
- Mental Health Services (within the Community)
- Women giving birth can now be accompanied by their birth partner at all stages of labour.
- Within Mater Dei Hospital, there will be:
- An Increase in Outpatient appointments
- An Increase in Imaging Services (X-Rays, CT Scans, Ultrasound, MRI)
- An Increase in Non-Urgent Surgeries, such as, Orthopedic, Ophthalmic, Gynecological.
- Resuming of IVF Services
- From Friday 22nd May, the amount of people who can congregate in a group, in public places will increase from 4, to 6.
- Open-Air Cinemas may also start operating.
- Non-Contact Sports, such as Tennis and Diving can resume on Friday.
- Funeral Masses, with limitations, can also resume as from Friday, following a meeting which the Prime Minister and the Health Authorities had with the Archdiocese of Malta today.
- Restaurants, preferably serving in outdoor areas, can re-open, with a maximum of 6 people per table, and with protocols in place, such as, the distance between the tables.
- Hairdressers, Barbers, Nail Technicians and Beauticians can reopen, again, with protocols of social distancing, and protective wear such as masks or visors, ensuring the safety of staff and clients alike. Prof Gauci said that appointments should be made, so as to ensure that there will not be crowds.
- Outdoor Public Swimming Pools will reopen, however the capacity is to be half of their usual capacity. Prof Charmaine Gauci said that, on the beaches, people are to keep a social distance of 2 metres at all times.
- Hotels may also reopen, with the right protocols in place, though, Prof Gauci once again reiterated that the airport will not be opening for now.
- Open air markets can also start operating once again, with the right social distancing and protective measures in place.
The Prime Minister said that within three weeks, another set of measures will be lifted, including the re-opening of Child Care Centres.
You can watch the Press Conference, in full, below:
Publiée par Covid19 Malta sur Lundi 18 mai 2020
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