Protecting Yourself

The Malta Public Health Authorities have released a number of different mandatory standards to limit the rate of transmission of COVID-19 in Malta. These measures must be followed and obeyed by all:

  • All bars, clubs and kazini (traditional Maltese village band clubs/taverns) to close by 11pm
  • Wearing a face mask is mandatory when out in public (ie from the moment you leave your private residence). You do not need to wear a face mask in the following circumstances:
    • When driving your own private vehicle
    • When carrying out vigorous exercise like running or cycling
    • While receiving face treatments
    • While seated at a restaurant table
  • Group gatherings in public may not be larger than 10 persons, and there must be a distance of two meters between each group
  • Any person breaching these rules will be fined €100 or €50 if paid without contestation
  • Any person who is tested positive for COVID-19 must remain in mandatory quarantine according to the instructions of the Public Health Authority. The duration of mandatory quarantine varies from person to person and is determined by the Public Health Authority. If you do not quarantine, you can be fined €10,000 for each day you are in breach of this rule. This can be longer than 14 days
  • Persons living in the same household as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will also be placed under mandatory quarantine for the same period as the positive person, until all members of the household are COVID free. This can be longer than 14 days
  • Persons identified by the public health authorities as close contacts of confirmed cases and who do not live with confirmed cases will be put under mandatory quarantine for 14 days from the last day of contact with the person who tested positive, provided they do not develop any symptoms related to Covid-19. People breaking the mandatory quarantine will be fined €3,000 each time a person is found to be in breach of quarantine. 

The Government of Malta has also announced that there will be an increase of police presence and more street patrols for the enforcement of these regulations and to make sure that people are following these rules. Enforcement is being done by the following authorities:

  • The Malta Police Force
  • Local Enforcement System Agency (LESA)
  • The Malta Tourism Authority
  • Malta Public Health Authority

This advice is meant as a guideline only and should not be used in lieu of expert medical advice. Furthermore, information contained herein is correct at the time of publishing and is subject to change and may change in the future.