Health authorities have ruled out the suggestion made primarily by feast enthusiasts that pandemic-friendly celebrations and events could be permitted this summer.
At present, the only large gatherings that have been given the green light are weddings, as the health ministry insisted on Thursday.
Just last week, it was also announced that the beloved, traditional festas will not be taking place either, for the second year in a row, as mass events – including parties and feasts – remain banned.
A health ministry spokesperson explained, ‘Until further developments, one is to consider and appreciate that such measures are being taken in relation to the protection of the public in accordance with the mitigation measures announced by the ministry for health’.
Despite the low number of active cases, Malta’s timeline for easing the remaining COVID-19 measures will also remain untouched, as health authorities have insisted that they are taking a ‘bidirectional approach’.
Jason Micallef, Chairman Valletta Cultural Agency also clarified; ‘For all summer (until September) there is no permit for cultural activities in open spaces, streets, squares, and other places even if the entrance is controlled or the audience shows the vaccination certificate’.