Pools and gyms to re-open from 24 May – see what other measures will be relaxed

Deputy PM Chris Fearne and Supt of Public Health Charmaine Gauci today addressed a press conference about the relaxation of more Covid-19 measures, during which they explained how restrictions will be eased in the coming weeks.

From Monday the relaxation of measures announced previously will come into effect, including the start of professional non-contact sports, as well as the re-opening of travel between the Maltese islands. Restaurants and snack bars will be allowed to open until 5pm with no more than four people on each table.

Minister Fearne announced that masks will continue to be mandatory in public places with the exception of beaches and pools. Since a wet mask loses its effectiveness, he said masks will no longer have to be worn at the beach by law, although it is still recommended.

On 17 May more restrictions will be relaxed, including at care homes, where more visitors will be allowed.

On 24 May, restaurants and snack bars can remain open until midnight, while pools will be allowed to open until 8pm for swimming, but not for parties or other activities. Gyms, without classes will be allowed to open, while contact sports for those over 17 will also re-open. Day care centres will also open.

On 1 June, the Government is planning to pro-actively open the country to tourism in a cautious way. Those who come to Malta need to be vaccinated or have a negative Covid test before boarding the plane or ship. Weddings will be able to be held for up to 100 people indoors and 300 outdoors. On that day, language schools for foreign students will also open.

On 7 June, restaurants can increase the number of people on the table to 6, while bars and social clubs will open, as well as summer schools, team sports and other activities.

He said that later on we can allow mass activities, where those who attend will be obliged to present a vaccine certificate. However, he added that there is no plan for these activities to be allowed at the beginning of summer.

Deputy PM Fearne said that, among other things, the authorities will be speaking with the Curia to establish whether village feasts can be held in a safe way.

Prof. Gauci said that the rate of positive cases is 1.2%, which is very good.

Speaking about sports, Prof Gauci explained that from Monday three categories of sports will be allowed, which are recreational sports up to a maximum of four people, organised non-contact sport, in which people need to maintain a distance of 3 metres indoors and 2.5 metres outdoors, and contact sports only for professional athletes and those representing Malta in competitions.