Malta to ease more restrictions as COVID-19 situation "under control"

2021-10-15 17:36:18 GMT2021-10-16 01:36:18(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

VALLETTA, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- More restrictions will be lifted in Malta from Monday, Health Minister Chris Fearne has announced, since the COVID-19 situation in the country remains "under control."

Seated events that are currently only accessible to those who have been vaccinated will see attendance limits increase from 100 to 300, the Health Minister announced at a press conference on Friday. Meanwhile, the obligatory distance between cafe tables will be halved to one meter outside and 1.5 meters indoors.

Also from Monday, children under 12 attending events with vaccinated adults, including cultural events in theatres and cinemas, will no longer need to take a PCR test beforehand.

The number of people allowed per table at such events will increase from six to eight, allowing organizers who opt to limit entrance to vaccinated people only to increase attendance numbers.

Meanwhile, the maximum capacity allowed on public transport, including ferries, is being increased from 65 percent to 80 percent.

Fearne said these restrictions were being eased because the COVID-19 situation is under control, and the number of people hospitalized with the virus in Malta currently stands at 11.

The health minister noted that following the reclassification of the Mu variant by the World Health Organisation as no longer of concern, Malta will no longer be considering the incidence of this variant in assessing which countries to limit travel from.

Due to this development, many Latin American countries that are currently on the "dark red" list will be moved to the "red" list, which means that travel will be permitted with some restrictions.

On the other hand, due to an increase in the number of cases in eastern European countries, these will be moved to the "dark red" list. Enditem