Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne said that from tomorrow new measures will be introduced for mass activities and crowded places.
At a news conference, addressed by Dr Fearne and Health Superintendent Charmaine Gauci, the point was made about the importance of maintaining social distance since COVID-19 was still with us – both around the world and in Malta.
Dr. Fearne noted that they knew that once the economy and the ports reopened and social life resumed, there would be new cases. He therefore stressed the importance of continued testing and social distancing.
Minister Fearne announced that from tomorrow every event taking place will have a limitation on the number of people in attendance. Regardless of the size of the event venue there would be one person to every four square metres.
Another measure introduced is that during the event, groups of no more than 10 people are allowed to be in contact with each other and had to be cut off from other groups.
Event attendees must leave their phone number with the organizers so that if contact tracing is needed, this can be done easily.
The organizers will be responsible to ensure that these rules are observed. Places that can take more than a hundred people, must carry out a risk assessment and pass it on to the authorities concerned, for a decision to be taken as to whether or not the activity is allowed to be carried out.
Meanwhile, Dr Fearne said that in line with an agreement with the Curia, no permits will be issued for band marches.
The Superintendent of Public Health, Professor Charmaine Gauci explained that the cases in recent weeks had been a mixture. Some sporadic, others were there was direct contact with infected persons, and immigrants who had been placed in quarantine upon entering Malta.
She said that since the airport opened, there had been only four cases from countries on the safe corridor list, and another five from other countries not on the list. She explained that most of the recent cases involved young and healthy people.