No plans to restrict Malta-Gozo travel yet

Situation is continually being monitored, minister confirms

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

There are no plans so far to once more restrict non-essential travel between Malta and Gozo, is informed.

Newsbook had looked into the matter after being informed that a number of Malta residents who were heading to Gozo for work purposes on Friday had been asked to bring proof of this, raising speculation that a ban on non-essential travel between the two islands – introduced early in the pandemic and maintained for over a month – could return.

But Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri confirmed that so far, there were no plans to reintroduce such a ban. However, he explained that the situation was constantly being monitored to determine whether any additional measures could be required.

Gozo Channel chairman Joe Cordina echoed Camilleri’s remarks, telling that so far, no such directives exist.

One directive that is in place is the requirement to wear a face mask on the Gozo Channel ferries, on pain of a €100 fine which is halved for those who admit the offence and settle matters promptly.

The Nationalist Party has expressed concern about Gozo Channel employees being required to enforce the rules, stating that they were not trained to do so. Last month, a chief officer was attacked by a group of men as he sought to enforce mask-wearing.

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