Malta to lift public health emergency on June 30

Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-16 22:43:43|Editor: huaxia

VALLETTA, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Malta will lift the public health emergency on June 30, local media reported Tuesday.

Through a Legal Notice issued on Monday evening, Malta's Health Minister and Superintendent of Public Health announced the repealing of a set of measures imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Malta issued the public health emergency on April 1 without making any announcements and the government had applied it retroactively to March 7, when the Mediterranean island registered its first three cases of the novel coronavirus while COVID-19 was spreading fast across Europe.

The latest Legal Notice comes two days after Prime Minister Robert Abela said on Sunday that Malta will be returning to normality on July 1, when its sole airport and ports will reopen to flights, ferries and cruise ships.

The order is to lift the remaining measures including the closure of schools, the ban on mass public events, the suspension of legal timeframes since all law courts and tribunals had been shut as well as the limit on the maximum number of people allowed to be seen together in public spaces.

The government also published on Monday another Legal Notice permitting travel to and from 22 destinations from July 1. These countries are: Austria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Italy (with the exception of Emilia Romagna, Lombardy and Piemonte), France (with the exception of Ile-de-France), Slovakia, Switzerland, Greece, Croatia, Spain (with the exception of Madrid, Catalonia, Castilla-La Mancha, Castile and Leon), and Poland.

Restrictions to all other destinations will be lifted by July 15. Enditem