Prime Minister Robert Abela has just announced a new set of restrictive measures for the month of February, aimed at reducing the rate of new COVID-19 cases.
In a nutshell, most of these measures revolve around the Carnival period, as follows:
- Mass events relating to Carnival will not be organised
- Restaurants in Malta and Gozo have to be closed by 11pm and cannot reopen before 6am the following day.
- Bars and Band Clubs will remain closed until the end of February
- Temperatures will be taken for whoever boards the Gozo Channel ferry between the 11th and 17th February, both days inclusive
- Gozo Channel Ferries will be operating at half their capacity
- People crossing between Malta and Gozo in their vehicles, have to stay in their cars for all the journey
- There will be additional LESA officials on all Gozo Channel journeys
- Further patrols will be taking place in Gozo hotspots (Nadur, Victoria, Marsalforn and Xlendi)
- Places of accomodation will not be allowed to accomodate more people than their licensed capacity. This applies to hotels, farmhouses and apartments. The Malta Tourism Authority will also be increasing its inspections.
On this last point, Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne said that failure to abide by this measure can lead to the removal of the license.