Protecting Yourself

On Thursday, 4th March 2021 the Malta Public Health Authorities updated the Covid-19 regulations following a surge in COVID-19 cases. These measures must be followed and obeyed by all:

  • All restaurants, kiosks and snack bars can only offer take-away service. It is not possible to dine-in at a restaurant
  • Nightclubs, bars, and clubs remain closed
  • Guesthouses, hotels and hostels can only offer services to their residents
  • Gathering in private residences can include people from a maximum of 4 households
  • Mass organised events have been banned, except for religious activities and weddings
  • Contact sports for children under the age of 16 is banned
  • Government employees to work from home. Private businesses encouraged to work from home
  • €100 fine for every person caught in breach of the law
  • €6,000 fine for establishments breaching the law

These measures apply until 11 April. 

The rest of the restrictions still apply: 

  • Wearing a face mask is mandatory when out in public (i.e. from the moment you leave your private residence). You do not need to wear a face mask in the following circumstances:
    • When carrying out vigorous exercise like running or cycling
    • When driving a private personal vehicle 
    • While seated at a restaurant table
    • While receiving face treatments
  • Group gatherings in public may not be larger than 6 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 in 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.