Watch: Groups of 4 or more banned

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Groups of four or more people in public spaces will be banned, Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri has announced.

In a press conference held virtually, Minister Byron Camilleri said a legal notice will be published in the coming hours. If four or more people gather together in public areas, a fine amounting to €100 per person. For example, if a group of 5 people is caught, the group will be fined €500. The people in that group will then be expected to fork out their share of the total fine.

These are the latest measures announced by the Government as it continues to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

The Police Mounted Section will be deployed in rural areas to ensure that the law is obeyed.

The authorities will also be limiting free WiFi services in public areas.

Camilleri told that members living in the same household will be able to go outside as a group. For example, a family of 2 parents and 3 children living at the same address will be able to go outside together. Family members not living at the same address won’t be able to join the group.

People will be able to queue at bus stops and banks, however people need to keep a distance of 2 metres from others.

Byron Camilleri said that he got angry when he saw photos and videos circulating online of people going out as though it was a feast. He was angry that people weren’t following the health advice given by the authorities. Camilleri said that he discussed the latest set of measures with the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.