Remain vigilant as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, public health authorities warn

Charmaine Gauci
Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Superintendence of Public Health emphasised that as restrictions related to Covid-19 continue to be lifted, it was important for the public to remain vigilant.

In a statement to the press, the superintendence argued that the situation justified the relaxation of most preventive measures in the community – including the gradual reopening of borders.

“However, it is important to keep in mind that the pandemic is not over and will not be so until a vaccine is available; COVID-19 is still circulating in the community, both locally and abroad,” it said.

The superintendence reminded that the chance of person-to-person transmission was cumulative, with the chance of infection increasing the longer and closer the exposure is.

As such, it has emphasised that everyone should still follow the following three principles:

  1. Physical/social distancing between persons, or groups of persons not from the same household needs to be respected in public places.
  2. Wearing of masks/visors. Evidence shows that wearing a mask or visor protects people against COVID-19 infection.
  3. Hygiene measures and respiratory etiquette should always be followed to avoid acquiring or transmitting the virus. Wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or alcohol sanitiser (minimum 70% alcohol).

“With the further lifting of measures including opening of international travel, the observance of these mitigation measures by all concerned is essential to help us keep Malta and the public safe from COVID-19,” it said.