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22/03/2020

STATEMENT BY THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTRY FOR HEALTH

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Ministry for Health is providing further information on the decision announced earlier today regarding the closure of non-essential retail outlets and the closure of outlets providing non-essential services.


Upon the order of the Superintendent of Public Health, as from the 23 March 2020 at 8am, the closure of all shops whereby their principal business relates to the selling of:

-           Clothing
-           Sportswear
-           Jewellery
-           Hand bags and leather goods
-           Costume jewellery and accessories
-           Footwear
-           Non-prescription eyewear
-           Perfumeries
-           Beauty products
-           Haberdasheries
-           Soft furnishings
-           Household appliances
-           Souvenir shops
-           Discount stores
-           Luggage shops
-           Toy shops
-           Hobby shops
-           Furniture
-           Florists and vaping shops, shall be observed.

This decision applies to the above mentioned shops whether operating in shopping malls and/or elsewhere. 

These shops may still sell and provide delivery services of their products in the community.

As announced earlier today, Government is also requesting with effect from the said date and time the closure of outlets providing non-essential services, namely hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, spas, nail artists, nail technicians and tattooists.

Fines of €3000 will be imposed each time these new measures are breached.

These decisions are necessary for the current stage of Covid-19 in Malta and aimed at safeguarding the health of the general public. 

Co-operation is in the best interest of all.