Gozo Channel Chief Officer attacked while enforcing rules

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A Chief Officer of a Gozo Channel vessel was attacked by a group of men while enforcing rules about mask-wearing, the Gozo Ministry and the company said.

Two men were hospitalised.

A Police spokesperson told Newsbook.com.mt that the incident happened at 6.30pm on Saturday. The ferry was due to leave from Gozo.

A 31-year-old man from Victoria and a 34-year-old man from Żabbar who were on board the ferry on their way to Malta were taken to the Gozo General Hospital for treatment after being involved in an argument.

Gozo Channel chairperson Joe Cordina urged the public to wear masks when using the ferry to cross between the two islands, when giving his comments to Newsbook.com.mt. He also called on the government to provide enforcement officers to ensure that the public cooperated with the mitigating measures imposed on passengers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cordina remarked that employees could not enforce the rules, reiterating his call for enforcement officers to be deployed on board the vessels.

Wearing of masks on Gozo Channel ferries remains obligatory

In a recent public statement, the Gozo Channel reminded that every person has the duty to wear a mask between the short trip between Malta and Gozo. Persons have to keep their masks on at the terminal.

Attack on Gozo Channel Chief Officer condemned

In a joint statement the Gozo Ministry and the Gozo Channel management have condemned the attack on the chief officer.

The Gozo Ministry said that the chief officer was beaten up after ordering a group of men to wear their masks as they were boarding Malita.

The chief officer is in a good condition, the statement reads.

Both the ministry and the company have said that the behaviour was unacceptable.