12 establishments to face legal action over COVID-19 protocol breach

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

12 establishments were found in breach of COVID-19 protocols and will be subject to further legal action, Malta Tourism Authority, MTA, announced.

MTA said that in the past week, the Compliance and Regulatory Directorate of the Malta Tourism Authority has conducted over 500 inspections at various establishments and at organised events that included weddings, a sporting event and cultural events.

The MTA’s Compliance and Regulatory Directorate has been instructed with carrying out checks to confirm that the published standards for gatherings and events are being adhered to.

Events randomly inspected by MTA officials include:

  • Weddings
  • Festivals
  • Concerts
  • Exhibitions
  • Other activities that qualify as ‘events’

The Directorate has also been tasked with certifying and monitoring all organisations registered as clubs, even though these are not licensed by the Malta Tourism Authority.

In addition to the normal duties of inspections of new applications, complaints and random checks of operations that are licensed by the Malta Tourism Authority, the Directorate has been assigned responsibilities related to Covid-19 measures. These are mainly in connectio with the set of protocols issued for the re-opening of Malta’s tourism infrastructure comprising:

  • Collective Accommodation (such as hotels and guest houses)
  • Holiday Furnished Premises
  • Catering Establishments – including restaurants, snack bars, bars, discotheques
  • and nightclubs)
  • Beaches, Beach Establishments and Beach Concessions

The Malta Tourism Authority informed the public that anyone who encounters any breaches can inform the authority via its Tourism COVID-19 helpline: 21692447 or email: tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com.

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