Dr. Jean-Carl Abela [Associate at FSGM.Partners]
On the 22nd March 2020, the Maltese government, upon the order of the Superintendent of Public Health, announced that as from the 23rd March 2020 at 8am, the closure of all non-essential retail outlets and the closure of outlets providing non-essential services.
The businesses which will need to comply are the following:
- Hand bags and leather goods
- Costume jewellery and accessories
- Non-prescription eyewear
- Beauty products
- Soft furnishings
- Household appliances
- Souvenir shops
- Discount stores
- Luggage shops
- Toy shops
- Hobby shops
- Florists and vaping shop
- Nail artists/nail technicians
This decision applies to the listed outlets whether operating in shopping malls and/or elsewhere however these shops may still sell and provide delivery services of their products to the community.
A fine of €3000 will be imposed each time these new measures are breached.
This legal notice continues with that stated in L.N. 83 of 2020 Public Health Act (CAP. 465) whereby such notice established the closure of places open to the public and L.N. 76 of 2020 Public Health Act (CAP. 465) whereby all bars, restaurants, cafeterias, snack bars, cinemas, gymnasiums, museums, exhibitions, clubs, discotheques, night clubs, open-air markets, indoor swimming pools, national swimming pool, gaming premises including controlled gaming premises, bingo halls, casinos, gaming parlours, lotto booths and betting shops are to be closed for an indefinite period to limit the effects of Covid-19 and safeguarding the health of the general public.
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