No masks, visors to be sold in pharmacies until government clarifies comment

Masks are displayed at a general store, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, Germany, April 3, 2020. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

No masks or visors will be sold on Monday until the government clarifies its comments, the Chamber of Pharmacists said on Sunday. As from Monday, Malta starts to gradually lift some of its restrictive measures including the opening of non-essential retail outlets. The lifting of measures includes mitigating measures such as wearing masks when entering shops or using public transport.

In a statement published on Facebook on Sunday, the Chamber of Pharmacists reminded the Economy Minister Silvio Schembri that different masks and visors are sourced from licensed wholesalers. It insisted that pharmacists had no control over the prices of masks and these were fixed by the wholesalers.

The chamber said that it was not consulted on the legal notice regarding the capped prices to the public of surgical masks and visors. It remarked that the tone used by the Economy Minister in his Facebook post put pharmacists in a bad light.

On Sunday, the government said that the price of masks was capped at 95 cents and that of visors at €5.

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