Who’s affected by Saturday’s lockdown?

Security staff wearing protective face masks and gloves wait for visitors in Valletta
Security staff wearing protective face masks and gloves wait for visitors at the side-entrance to St. John's Co-Cathedral, after Malta imposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals on the island in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus, in Valletta, Malta March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

As from Saturday 28 March a new measure will come into force which will place an estimated quarter of the population under lockdown.

The government has published a Fact Sheet to illustrate who will be affected by the newly announced measure after confusion ensued.

Who is considered to be vulnerable?

  • Over 65 years old;
  • Insulin-dependent diabetics;
  • patients on biologicals;
  • patients on chemotherapy or who underwent such treatment in the past six months;
  • people who under go renal dialysis;
  • people who are immuno-suppressed;
  • pregnant;
  • patients who were admitted to hospital for some respiratory disease over the past year;
  • anybody who had a heart condition in the past six months;
  • all those who attend the heart failure clinic;
  • people on oral steriods.

Exemptions

Those considered most at risk may be exempted and allowed to leave their residence in case of a medical appointment or to receive medical treatment; to buy food and medicine or other services deemed essential, to attend personal needs which are deemed absolutely essentail or urgent.

In case of an exemption, any vulnerable person who is at risk should practise social distancing at all times and follow other directives, and should not loiter outside beyond the time necessary to carry out the said task.

What is considered as essential and urgent?

  • if the person has to work for a limited time and is considered ‘essential’
  • in cases of shared parental custody
  • if a person has a farm and livestock and needs to feed their animals
  • if a person needs to go to the bank

What about those who live with vulnerable people?

According to the fact sheet they can only go to work, to buy necessities, go to medical appointments or treatment, to exercise shared custody rights or visitation. Social distancing must be practised.

Can a vulnerable person be completely exempted from lockdown?

Yes.

Vulnerable individuals working in the health care sector and those occupying managerial / directorship posts within companies offering essential services.

Can vulnerable people who are affected by this measure benefit from the financial assistance which has been already announced by the Government?

Yes.

This measure will come into force tomorrow and will remain in force until further notice.

The fact sheet in Maltese may be found here.

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