Malta brings in new COVID rules to enter bars and restaurants

By Steve Jones
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Strict new rules have been introduced in Malta that will require Brits to present vaccination certificates to enter bars, restaurants and entertainment venues.

The requirements, which apply to Maltese nationals as well as international tourists, came into effect on Monday.

Updated advice on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office website said the rules also apply to snack bars, cinemas, pools, gyms and saunas, bowling alleys, theatres, organised public events, casinos, gaming parlous and gaming halls.

“It is also mandatory to wear a face mask in all outdoor public spaces, unless you are in groups of no more than two people, both of whom must have received a booster vaccine,” the FCDO said.

There is a limit of eight people per table in hospitality venues, although no social distancing between tables is required. Masks must also be worn inside, unless seated and eating or drinking.

The Times of Malta has reported confusion at venues as the rules kicked in, with staff unsure how to apply the rules.

“It was a bumpy ride this morning, the staff were a bit stressed with how to tackle the situation and to check all the clients’ certificates,” one restaurateur told the newspaper.

On Monday, health authorities reported 299 new COVID cases – the smallest number since December – leading to accusations that the new regulations are unnecessary.

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