COVID-19 Restrictions in Malta
On Thursday, 23rd December 2021, the Malta Public Health Authorities updated the COVID-19 regulations following a record number of new COVID cases in Malta. These measures must be followed and obeyed by all. The current COVID-19 restrictions in Malta are:
- Wearing a face mask is mandatory when out in public and in all public spaces (ie from the moment you leave your private residence). Click here to read the official legislation. You do not need to wear a face mask in the following circumstance:
- When participating in vigorous exercise like cycling
- When driving a private personal vehicle
- When seated at an establishment that serves food or drink
- To eat or drink (it is not allowed to remove your face mask to eat or drink while walking in public)
- To smoke (it is not allowed to remove your face mask to smoke while walking in public)
- To take medication
- While receiving facial medical treatment
- Group gatherings in public cannot be larger than 6 persons, and there must be a distance of two meters between each group. Click here to read the official legislation.
- All standing events are cancelled. Only seated mass participation events may be organised.
- All establishments must close at 01:00 AM
- Sports events must be played behind closed doors, and no spectators may attend.
- From the 17th January 2022, a vaccine certificate is mandatory in order to enter establishments such as; bars, snack bars, kazini, gyms, pools, spas, casinos, playrooms, cinemas, theatres, sports events, mass events.
- 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. Click here to read the official legislation.
- 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. Click here to read the official legislation.
- 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. Click here to read the official guidance.
Fines for breach of COVID-19 Rules
|Group gathering of more than 6 people in public||€300 (€150 if paid without contestation)|
|Failure to wear a face mask in public||€100 (€50 if paid without contestation)|
|Breach of quarantine as a COVID positive case||€10,000|
|Breach of quarantine as a member of the same household as a COVID positive case or close contact||€3,000|