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Malta to Lift Some of Its COVID-19 Restrictions in March

Maltese authorities have announced that the country will lift some national COVID-19 restrictions in March.

Malta’s official travel portal, VisitMalta, has revealed that from 14 March the requirement to keep a face mask in public places will no longer be mandatory, reports.

It was clarified that masks will only be mandatory when in closed areas and when attending mass events.

“From March 14, 2022: No masks in public. Masks are only mandatory indoors and at mass events,” VisitMalta said in a statement.

Apart from the aforementioned change, it has been announced that from March 7, the quarantine requirement currently applied to fully vaccinated people who have been in contact with an infected person will be rescinded.

In addition, stricter rules will apply to people who test positive. The authorities indicated that the quarantine period for people who tested positive and who already hold a valid vaccination certificate will be reduced to seven days, provided that a negative test result is submitted at the end of the quarantine period.

The authorities explained that “the quarantine of people present with a valid vaccine certificate will be reduced to 7 days if followed by a negative test on the seventh day.”

Malta already lifted some of its restrictions last week. Since February 7, the state no longer requires those who want to access snack bars, restaurants and social events to provide a certificate of vaccination. Soft rules also apply to those who wish to enter theatres, cinemas, gyms, spas and indoor swimming pools.

Figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that Malta has recorded 795 new cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days.

As for vaccination rates, data provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reveal that Malta has provided a total of 1,888,261 vaccine doses so far. The same shows that 93.7 per cent of the total adult population in Malta has completed the initial course of immunization. In addition, 77.0 percent received the last additional vaccine dose.

Previously, Malta limited the validity of vaccination certificates to just three months. This change means that all people who have received the last dose of the vaccine, as part of the initial vaccination, within the past three months, need to receive a booster shot in order for their permit to remain valid.

The authorities have made it clear that once the additional vaccine dose is received, the vaccination permit will remain valid for another nine months, indicating that those receiving a booster dose will not be subject to additional entry rules.

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