Watch: Plan for a possible lockdown set – PM Abela

Updated 09:40 AM

Highlights

  • Another person found breaking quarantine rules; brings total to 5
  • Fines for breaking quarantine rules rise to €3,000 for each infringement
  • In the event of a lockdown, this will be in place for more than 3 weeks
  • Alternative accommodation for healthcare workers who prefer to avoid sleeping in their private homes
  • Fearne appeals to those who can work from home to do so

During a press conference at Castille, Prime Minister Robert Abela announced that bars, restaurants and gyms, cinemas, clubs amongst other places are to shut down as a measure to avoid the spreading of coronavirus. The Prime Minister said that this measure will come into effect as of tomorrow at midnight.

The press conference was also addressed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister, Chris Fearne and Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri.

Prime Minister Robert Abela confirmed once again that our country is not at the stage for authorities to announce a lockdown. Abela confirmed with Newsbook.com.mt that the government has already in place a lockdown plan. He also said that if he calls for a lockdown it would have to be for a minimum of three weeks.

Prime Minister Robert Abela has urged Maltese Nationals to immediately return to Malta if they are abroad and tourists who are currently staying in Malta, Abela said it would be better if at this stage they return to their home country.

During the press conference, the Prime Minister said that fines for those who breach self or mandatory quarantine have been raised from €1,000 to €3,000.

Abela also said that this is a situation where the government has the responsibility to assist the business community and employees but also said that employers need to safeguard the interests of their workers.

Addressing the press conference, Minister Chris Fearne said that the authorities are taking the necessary measures to avoid facing a tsunami of coronavirus cases. He then urged the public to continuously avoid physical contact

376 quarantine spot-checks have been carried out till today, said Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri.

New Week More Checks…1️⃣1️⃣5️⃣ spot-checks were done in the last 24 hrs by the Administrative Law Enforcement Unit…

Posted by The Malta Police Force on Monday, March 16, 2020

In a joint statement the CMTU and UĦM Voice of the Workers welcomed the new measures announced by the PM. Both entities said they were disappointed that flights to Malta weren’t suspended.

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