Not-so-Smart crowds bring no reaction for MTA

A photo started circulating on social media, which shows people, outside an establishment in Kalkara, not observing the advice given by health authorities; that is to maintain social distancing and to wear face masks when outside to avoid contracting or transmitting coronavirus.

The photo shared on social media, on Sunday, has raised people’s concerns about people not keeping social distancing.

Newsbook.com.mt has sent questions to the Malta Tourism Authority, MTA on whether individuals were fined for not observing social distancing, if yes, how many were fined and if the establishment was responsible for the people who disregarded social distancing measures, and if the establishment was fined.

Until time of writing questions sent to MTA remained unanswered.

Police will no longer carry out inspections in restaurants and other catering establishments to ensure that these are abiding by the COVID-19 restrictions but will be carried out by the Malta Tourism Authority officials.

Whenever police officials are told of an establishment which is breaking one of the legal notices in place, they are to report this to the MTA.

Authorities must enforce measures; Solidarity is crucial – UĦM

Contacted by this newsroom the UĦM Voice of The Workers appealed to the authorities to enforce the measures and regulations which ultimately were put in place by them. In its comment to Newsbook.com.mt the union also appealed to the public to refrain from attending crowded places to minimise the risk of virus spread.

The UĦM Voice of the Workers said that people need to be responsible and not disregard their health and that of others especially the health of vulnerable people.

Solidarity is crucial in these dire times even as a sign of respect to all front liners, said the union.

More COVID-19 restrictions were introduced last week; the closure of bars and band clubs for a month and the limit of six persons in public places, rather than ten. The new measures also state that snack bars and kiosks may remain open but are prohibited from selling or providing any alcoholic beverage to clients. They are also to close between 11 pm and 5 am.