Spot checks on Gozo Channel ferries

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Police have started carrying out spot checks at the Mġarr and Ċirkewwa terminals to ensure that passengers are wearing face masks or visors both inside the terminals and on board the ferries.

Speaking to Newsbook.com.mt, Gozo Channel chairman Joe Cordina appealed for more enforcement complaining that passengers refused to comply despite the notices the company had issued and the several notices which have been affixed to remind the public to do so.

A legal notice which came in force on Saturday, penalises those who refuse to wear face masks or visors inside retail outlets, on public transport and when taking the ferries. Those found flouting the law, will be fined €100 for each and every instance.

On Saturday, 40 new coronavirus cases were registered bring the total number of cases above the 1,000 mark. Out of 1,035 cases which have been detected so far, 351 remain active.

Gozo Channel employees told this newsroom that they could not cope with enforcing the regulations and at the same continue with their duties. Many are still refusing to wear face masks or visors on board the ferry.

Newsbook.com.mt recently revealed that the ferries used to transport passengers between the two islands were only being disinfected once a week. The company had been disinfecting its ferries daily when the pandemic reached Malta, but as the number of active cases fell to a trickle, the policy was changed.

A chief officer was recently attacked on one of the ferries by a group of men as he sought to enforce the wearing of face masks.