MCESD recommends that Govt stops tourists coming from Italy

A woman wearing a face mask is seen on a street as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Shanghai, China March 5, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The MCESD has agreed to recommend to government that inbound flights from Italy bring only Maltese citizens and that quarantine from places with a high-risk probability of COVID-19 becomes mandatory. This was one of the recommendations which the social partners agreed upon in a meeting called to discuss the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The members agreed that for the quarantine to be mandatory, government should bear the full cost and reimburse employers for employees’ days in quarantine. 

The MCESD also recommended that the government should set up a special fund to help out in the economic impact resulting from the fallout of the coronavirus and the subsequent loss of working days. 

Meanwhile, with Italy being one of the most high risk areas in Europe, the Scandinavian airline SAS has suspended flights to northern Italy. “Due to the current situation in northern Italy regarding the coronavirus outbreak, the Danish foreign office has published new travel recommendations. The recommendation is to avoid unnecessary travel to the region. The safety of our passengers and crew being our first priority, SAS has therefore decided to suspend all flights to Milan, Bologna, Turin, and Venice from March 4th to March 16th. All affected passengers will be notified” said the company communique.