Watch: No outlets breached ban – Tourism Ministry

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

No outlets have breached the ban which came into force on 17 March after the legal notice concerning the closure of public places came into effect.

In a statement on Thursday, the Ministry for Tourism said that inspections were carried out in various localities including Sliema, St Julian’s, Gżira, Msida, St Paul’s Bay, Buġibba, Marsascala, Fgura, Valletta and Floriana by officers from the Malta Tourism Authority’s compliance and regulatory directorate.

Bars, restaurants, gyms, village każini, gyms and other establishments where people gather socially have been closed down on 17 March as the government ramps up restrictive measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Anyone caught breaching the ban will be liable to pay a fine of €3,000 for every breach.

On Thursday, Malta recorded five new cases of coronavirus with the number going up to 53.

Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli said that the ministry together with the authority are committed to ensure the safety of the public “so that once this is over, we will bounce back with higher levels of tourism”.

The government appealed to owners and management of catering establishments to cooperate with the order of closure. Further, the public was urged not to group outside establishments providing take-away or delivery services and encouraged not to consume the food in close proximity to each other.

The Tourism Ministry said that anyone who encounters breaches can inform the authority on 21692447.

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