“Overtime offered to all”; LESA officers can be deployed on Gozo

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

LESA officers from Malta can be deployed on Gozo when the workforce in Gozo is not sufficient, the agency has confirmed with Newsbook.com.mt.

The head of the Local Enforcement System Agency, Svetlick Flores, said that the agency deploys its resources along the Maltese islands as it deems necessary. This means that at times officers from Malta can be deployed on Gozo, particularly when the workforce in Gozo is not sufficient.

Flores said that overtime is allowed and offered to all employees, irrespective of their region. Employees are offered overtime depending on the needs and operations of the agency.

This newsroom asked the agency to confirm whether officers from Malta are being deployed on Gozo and allocated overtime on the sister island at the detriment of Gozitan officers.

2,676 contraventions issued in three weeks

A total of 2,676 contraventions in relation to coronavirus regulations were issued between 26 October and 16 November, Flores told Newsbook.com.mt.

On 26 October, the government announced that bars and social clubs will close from 29 October until 1 December. Furthermore, it reintroduced new measures prohibiting groups of more than six people in public places and making the use of masks mandatory in public.

LESA officers issued 1,296 fines related to the regulation on wearing face masks between 26 October and 1 November, following around 2,800 inspections in streets, shops, public transport and the Gozo Channel, Lovin Malta had reported.

Those on the receiving end of mask fines must pay €100 which is reduced to €50 if they’re paid before proceedings commence. Similarly, those who breach the social distancing rules are fined €200, or €100 if they settle the fine before.

The measures were implemented as Malta continues to battle the second wave of coronavirus.