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COVID-19 easing restrictions: a refresher

Malta’s reopening plan was revealed at the start of May 2021, when the government announced their restriction timeline, which ranged from 10 May, all the way up to the 7 of June.

Today, the 24 of May, another bunch of restrictions are finally being eased, taking us closer and closer to a world where COVID-19 is a mere figment of our imaginations (yeah, right).

Due to the cases on the island remaining low and relatively stable, many were given the go-ahead today. We’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s get into the numbers first. As it stands at the time of writing, there are no more than 81 active cases on the Maltese Islands. The percentage positive rate is currently 0.02% and over 465,000 people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 175,000 of which are fully vaccinated.

With those numbers in mind, it’s arguably no surprise that we’re going ahead with the relaxation of certain measures.

Which measures are being relaxed today?

Restaurants and snack bars will be permitted to remain open until midnight! It’s important to note that no more than four people may be seated on a single table.

Also, pools can re-open until 8pm, however non-swimming activities are not permitted.

Gyms have also been given the go-ahead to open their doors, however, no classes can take place.Day centres can re-open and contact sports for those over the age of 17, may resume.

With our fingers (and toes) crossed, we’re moving on. Though measures are currently being relaxed, we still have a long ways to go, so keep your mask on and your head high. The next set of measures are set to be removed on 1 June, so stay tuned for updates!