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PR200964en

20/05/2020

PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR TOURISM AND CONSUMER PROTECTION Operators in the tourism industry welcome the new protocols positively

Operators in the tourism industry have reacted positively to the publication of protocols that will lead to the reopening of various categories of tourism establishments as from Friday 22nd May. ​

Since the announcement of these protocols on Monday evening, and throughout Tuesday, MTA’s helpline and its Gozo unit received more than 860 calls, mostly from members of the hospitality sector.
 
Out of these, 157 requested that MTA’s inspectors visit their establishment to carry out the necessary verifications so they can be issued with a COVID-19 Compliance sticker. The sticker, which certifies that an establishment is compliant with the respective safety protocols, can be displayed at the entrance to the establishment for as long as this remain fully compliant.
 
The remaining calls were from owners of establishments enquiring about different aspects of the protocols and what they need to do to become fully compliant in the shortest possible timeframe.
The inspections started today and will continue over the coming days and weeks.
 
Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection Julia Farrugia Portelli expressed her satisfaction on the positive way the industry has reacted to protocols that have been clearly designed to ensure consumer health. Minister Farrugia Portelli said that we look so much forward to the reopening of the industry.
 
The Malta Tourism Authority welcomes the level of interest shown so far and considers it as another demonstration of the professionalism that the vast majority of the local trade have shown throughout the pandemic. MTA is ready to assist and advise so that tourism and hospitality establishments reopen as quickly as possible, whilst safeguarding the safety of their employees and customers at all times.
 
MTA’s helpline and for booking of certifications can be done on 21692447 or via email tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com.