“We will not tolerate anyone not undergoing quarantine” – fines for those who contravene
Prime Minister Robert Abela has announced the stoppage of air and sea travel from countries at risk, these being Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France and Spain. This comes into immediate effect from midnight, and only trips carrying merchandise will be allowed.
Besides these steps, as of today, anyone entering Malta from these countries will have to undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine at home. Those who entered Malta during these past two weeks are also subject to the mandatory quarantine.
During a media conference this afternoon, the Prime Minister stated that anyone not observing the quarantine will be subjected to a 1,000 euro fine every time he or she is found out, and regular spot checks will be carried out, which spot checks will be enforced by the Police authorities.
“We will not tolerate anyone not undergoing quarantine,” the Prime Minister declared. The Prime Minister added that those persons residing in the same home as a person in quarantine also have to remain in quarantine, whilst tourists have to remain in their hotel rooms.
The Prime Minister announced the launching of a service so that persons under quarantine can call on a helpline and have shopping and medicinal items delivered to their doors.
The Prime Minister appealed for unnecessary travel not to take place and also appealed to the elderly to only leave their homes when they need to do so.
Dr Abela stressed that the situation is under control, and there are preparations for every eventuality.
The conference was also addressed by Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne.
More details to follow.