COVID-19: MTA Inspects Outlets

19/03/2020
COVID-19: MTA Inspects Outlets

 

UPDATED 29/03/2020

The Malta Tourism Authority continued with its ongoing programme of inspections of bars, snack-bars, restaurants and other catering establishments around Malta and Gozo.

Throughout Friday 27th March 2020, more than 600 inspections were carried out in 20 different localities in Malta. Of these, more than one third (215) took place in the Bugibba/St Paul's Bay area including Qawra, Xemxija and Salini.

In addition, MTA's inspectors in Gozo checked another 170 establishments in different towns and villages all over the sister island.

Once again, no breaches were found, neither in Gozo, nor in Malta.

Since the relevant Legal Notices came into force, the Malta Tourism Authority carried out more than 8300 inspections of catering establishments and other premises. Over 6700 inspections took place in Malta and more than 1600 in Gozo.

MTA reminds the general public on the need to practice social distancing and to remain as much as possible at home. Anyone who encounters any breaches can inform the authority via its Tourism COVID-19 helpline: 21692447 or email: tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com.

 


 

UPDATED 27/03/2020

Throughout Thursday 26th March 2020, the Malta Tourism Authority continued with its ongoing series of inspections of catering establishments and other premises around Malta and Gozo.

In the 24 hour period since the last update, well over a thousand bars, snack-bars, restaurants and other premises were checked. In Malta, more than 930 inspections were carried out in 26 different localities. Of these, more than one third (350) took place in the Sliema/St Julian's area including Gzira, Msida and Ta' Xbiex.

In addition, MTA's inspectors in Gozo checked another 150 establishments in different towns and villages all over the sister island.

Once again, no breaches were found, neither in Gozo, nor in Malta.

Since the relevant Legal Notices came into force, the Malta Tourism Authority carried out more than 7500 inspections of catering establishments and other premises. Over 6100 inspections took place in Malta and more than 1450 in Gozo.

MTA reminds the general public on the need to practice social distancing and to remain as much as possible at home. Anyone who encounters any breaches can inform the authority via its Tourism COVID-19 helpline: 21692447 or email: tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com.

 


 

UPDATED 26/03/2020

Since the relevant Legal Notices came into force just over a week ago, the Malta Tourism Authority carried out close to 6500 inspections of catering establishments and other premises. More than 5170 inspections took place in Malta and over 1300 in Gozo. The vast majority of establishments were found to be complying fully with the terms of the regulations, with just five instances of serious breaches being identified.

During Wednesday 25th March 2020, the Malta Tourism Authority continued with its programme of inspections. In Malta, more than 340 additional inspections were carried out in 18 different localities across the island. Of these, almost fifty percent (160) took place in the capital Valletta

In addition, MTA's inspectors in Gozo checked another 140 establishments in different towns and villages all over the sister island. Once again, no breaches were found, neither in Gozo, nor in Malta.

MTA reminds the general public that anyone who encounters any breaches can inform the authority via the helpline: 21692447 or email: tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com.

 


 

UPDATED 25/03/2020

During Tuesday 24th March 2020, the Malta Tourism Authority proceeded to carry out inspections of catering establishments and other premises across Malta and Gozo.

In Malta, more than 800 additional inspections were carried out in 40 different localities across the island.

This latest series of inspections brings the total number of verifications that have been carried out since the Legal Notice came into force to more than 4650 in Malta alone.

In addition, MTA's inspectors in Gozo checked another 150 establishments in different towns and villages all over the sister island.

Once again, MTA is pleased to note that no establishments in Malta and Gozo were found to be in breach of the regulations.

Meanwhile, the Authority would like to, once again, remind the general public of the importance to avoid queuing up in large numbers outside take-away establishments, and to keep a safe distance away from others at all times. The few that are disregarding this advice may harm the efforts and sacrifices being made by the vast majority of the population in order to stem the spread of Covid-19.

Anyone who encounters any breaches is kindly requested to inform the authority via the helpline: 21692447 or email: tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com.

 


 

UPDATED 24/03/2020

Throughout Monday 23nd March 2020, the Malta Tourism Authority continued with its inspections of catering establishments and other premises in both Malta and Gozo.

In Malta, around 360 additional inspections were carried out in 29 different localities across the island. The focus was on towns and villages which are outside the main touristic areas which were given priority in the first days of inspections. These included Marsa, Żejtun, Swatar, Msida, Ta' Xbiex, Fgura, Żabbar, Xgħajra, Kalkara, Cospicua, Vittoriosa, Senglea, Fleur-De-Lys, Iklin, Mrieħel, B'Kara, Salini, Xemxija, Armier/Little Armier, Naxxar, Ċirkewwa, Marfa, Għadira, Mellieħa, Golden Bay, Balzan, Attard, San Ġwann and Għargħur.

This latest series of inspections brings the total number of verifications that have been carried out in Malta since the Legal Notice came into force to more than 3800.

In addition, MTA's inspectors in Gozo checked another 170 establishments in different towns and villages all over the sister island.

Once again, MTA is pleased to note that no establishments in Malta and Gozo were found to be in breach of the regulations.

On the other hand, the Authority would like to, once again, reiterate its appeal to the general public to avoid queuing up in large numbers outside such establishments, and to keep a safe distance away from others if it is necessary to wait in line.

Anyone who encounters any breaches is kindly requested to inform the authority via the helpline: 21692447 or email: tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com.

 


UPDATED 23/03/2020

During Sunday 22nd March 2020, the Malta Tourism Authority continued with its inspections of catering establishments and other premises in both Malta and Gozo. These inspections are aimed at ensuring that these establishments are complying fully with the terms of Legal Notices 76 and 82 of 2020.

In Malta, more than 860 additional inspections were carried out in 30 different locations across the island. The majority of inspections (262) were conducted in the Sliema/St Julian's/Gzira area, followed by the Qawra/Buġibba/St Paul's Bay area with 219. This latest series of inspections brings the total number of verifications that have been carried out in Malta since the Legal Notice came into force to more than 3400.

During yesterday, MTA's inspectors in Gozo also checked another 150 establishments in different towns and villages all over the sister island.

As was the case in the past few days, no establishments in Malta and Gozo were found to be in breach of the regulations.

Whilst acknowledging this positive trend, the MTA stated that it will continue with its programme of inspections on an ongoing basis to ensure compliance on the part of all establishments. Meanwhile the authority would like to, once again, reiterate its appeal to the general public to avoid queuing up in large numbers outside such establishments, and to keep a safe distance away from others if it is necessary to wait in line.

 


UPDATED 22/03/2020

All throughout Saturday 21st March 2020, the Malta Tourism Authority continued with its ongoing series of inspections of catering establishments and other premises with the aim of ensuring that these are complying fully with the terms of Legal Notices 76 and 82 of 2020. These inspections took place in both Malta and Gozo. 

To-date, all establishments in Gozo which number just over 280, have been checked, with around 75% of them having been checked at least twice. The situation is being closely monitored with inspections taking place throughout the day and into the night to ensure compliance. During yesterday, MTA’s inspectors in Gozo checked around 150 establishments, concentrating on peripheral areas such as Żebbuġ, Santa Luċija, Għasri, Qala, Xewkija, Għarb and San Lawrenz, in addition to main localities such as Xlendi, Marsalforn, Mġarr and Victoria.

In Malta, more than 320 additional inspections were carried out in various locations including Naxxar, Mġarr, Mosta, Pembroke, Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, Swieqi, Mdina, Rabat, Baħrija, Gżira, Sliema and St. Julian’s. This brings the total number of inspections that have been carried out in Malta since the Legal Notice came into force up to more than 2600.

 

During the latest batch of inspections, no establishments in Malta and Gozo were found to be in breach of the regulations. 


UPDATED 21/03/2020

During all of Friday 20th March 2020, the Malta Tourism Authority continued with its ongoing series of inspections of catering establishments and other premises with the aim of ensuring that these are complying fully with the terms of Legal Notices 76 and 82 of 2020.
More than 360 inspections were carried out in various locations around Malta. These included Mellieha, Armier, Little Armier, St Paul's Bay, Xemxija, Swatar, Hamrun, Marsa, Fgura, Bir id-Deheb (l/o Zejtun) and Birzebbuga. This brings the total number of inspections that have been carried out since the Legal Notice came into force up to more than 2200.

Inspections also continued in Gozo.

During the latest batch of inspections, no establishments in Malta and Gozo were found to be in breach of the regulations.

The Malta Tourism Authority is pleased to note that hospitality, catering and other establishments appear to have understood the importance of the measures introduced by Government and are abiding by the terms of the relevant Legal Notices. The MTA would also like to appeal to the general public to cooperate and avoid staying in close proximity outside such establishments.


UPDATED 20/03/2020

Two catering establishments, one in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq and one in Ġnejna, and a massage parlour in Buġibba, were caught breaking the regulations introduced on Wednesday with the aim of containing the spread of Covid-19 by closing down or limiting the operations of certain public places.

Up till now, MTA carried out over 1850 inspections and is pleased to note that most establishments are complying fully. Those who are caught breaking the rules face a €3000 fine for every time.

Abuses can be reported on 21692447 or by email tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com

 


ISSUED 19/03/2020

As of midnight, between Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th March, inspections were carried out in various localities, including Sliema, St Julian's, Gżira, Msida, St Paul's Bay, Buġibba, Marsascala, Fgura, Valletta, and Floriana, by officers from MTA's Compliance & Regulatory Directorate.

The aim of the inspections was to ascertain that the terms of Legal Notice 76 of 2020 which determined the Temporary Closing of various categories of Public Places is being adhered to.

As per Legal Notice 83 of 2020, the Authority will start issuing fines equivalent to €3,000 for each and every occasion that the order for closure of places open to the public is breached.

Anyone who wishes to report any breaches is kindly requested to inform the authority via the helpline: 21692447 or email tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com.

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