With effect from Monday, visits to all homes for the elderly and at the St Vincent De Paule Residence will increase to three times per week.
During a media conference, Minister for the Elderly Michael Farrugia stated that this reduction in restrictions came about after consultation with the health authorities and those for Standards in Social Welfare.
It was announced that whilst the wearing of masks, social distancing and other measures still have to be observed, these two measures will be introduced also from Monday 17 May:
- Two relatives from the same household can visit a resident in a home for the elderly.
- Residents suffering from dementia can have a daily 15-minute visit. Two persons from the same household can attend for each visit.
It was also stated that another two measures will come into effect from Monday 24 May:
- Day centres will re-open with a number of measures, including social distancing. Every centre will, on a daily basis, welcome four users of the service and two staff members in order to maintain social distancing. The number of users of the service will continue to be increased after discussions and the necessary consultation with the Public Health authorities.
- Residential homes can start to organise outings for their respective residents whilst respecting the bubble system in the same home.