Crowds flocking to Gozo ahead of New Years’ Eve

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The parties that generally characterise New Years’ Eve may be prohibited due to the Covid-19 pandemic this years, but the long queues of cars waiting to board to Gozo suggest that a sizeable number of people may be making full use of the absence of such prohibition on private home gatherings.

Pictures of the queues published on social media drew outraged responses from people fearing that the crowds flocking to Gozo would see the number of Covid-19 cases increase.

An upward trend in case numbers is already apparent, and in her press conference on Wednesday, the Superintendent for Public Health Charmaine Gauci suggested that an increase in social gatherings in the Christmas period may have contributed to this.

While the authorities have repeatedly urged people to avoid gathering in groups and bars have been closed, catering establishments remain open and there are no restrictions on private gatherings.

Reports suggest that most accommodation in Gozo has been booked including the farmhouses which are particularly suited to house parties.