157 catering establishments ready to reopen on Friday

A protective face mask is pictured next to a cup of coffee at a cafe, as Italy eases some of the lockdown measures put in place during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rome, Italy May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

At least 157 catering establishments are ready to reopen on Friday, having asked the Malta Tourism Authority to send inspectors to certify that they are complying with Covid-19-related measures.

Catering establishments may reopen their doors on Friday, and those who are certified to be compliant will be issued with a Covid-19 compliance sticker.

In a statement, the Tourism Ministry said that the MTA received more than 860 calls since the easing of restrictions related to the pandemic was announced on Monday evening. Most calls came from owners of establishments enquiring about different aspects of the new regulations, seeking advice on what they needed to do to become fully compliant as quickly as possible.

Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli said that she was satisfied with the industry’s response to the new protocols, stating that they were clearly designed to ensure consumer health.

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