Passengers no longer screened before boarding Gozo Channel

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Passengers are no longer being screened for fever before boarding the Gozo Channel ferries since last Monday, this newsroom has learnt.

Unnecessary travel to and from Gozo was temporarily halted following the outbreak of coronavirus. Passengers crossing between the two islands were subjected to thermal screening prior to boarding.

Newsbook.com.mt is also informed that Gozo Channel employees were not wearing masks on board the ferry. The health authorities have stressed on the importance of wearing a mask when entering establishments and boarding public transport.

Addressing the House of Representatives earlier this week, Opposition MP Chris Said, said that thermal screening had been halted. The Opposition MP took the Ministry for Gozo Clint Camilleri to task asking him what was the reason behind the decision.

Camilleri said that the information would be given once it has been gathered.

Writing on Facebook, Said said that he was in disbelief that the Minister for Gozo who commutes on a daily basis between the two islands did not know why thermal screening had stopped.

JITWAQQAF L-ISCREENING TA' DAWK LI JAQSMU BEJN MALTA U GHAWDEX.Bla kliem u bla sliem twaqqaf l-iscreeing li kien qed…

Posted by Chris Said on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Speaking to Newsbook.com.mt, Said said that he crossed between the two islands on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. At no point there were passengers being screened.

Newsbook.com.mt has reached out to the Ministry for Gozo and Gozo Channel for a comment on the issue. However, this newsroom has received no replies until the time of writing.

Low quality hand sanitizer is being offered to those boarding the ferry, this newsroom has learnt with some individuals complaining that hand washing was required after using the hand sanitizer provided.

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