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FEARNE ANNOUNCES RESTRICTIONS ON MASS EVENTS

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Copia-di-Copia-di-Copia-di-EUROPEAN-PARLIAMENT-CAR-EMISSIONHealth Minister Chris Fearne has announced limits on the number of people who may attend mass events after a spike in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks.

From Friday, risk assessments will need to be carried out for venues which can take more than 100 people. 

The announcement came at a press conference hours after the nurses' union joined the doctors' union in warning that they would resort to industrial action unless mass events were cancelled.

Fearne said it was no surprise that some COVID-19 cases had been imported as Malta's ports were reopened.

He said social distancing had become a problem at mass events and he was therefore unveiling new standards of social distancing for such events to ensure the success achieved so far was maintained.

As from Friday, every event would be limited by the size of the venue, with no more than one person for every four square metres. 

People at mass events cannot be in groups larger than 10

Furthermore, within such mass events, there may not be more than 10 people together in one group.

People attending such events will need to leave a contact number with the authorities to facilitate contact tracing if anyone tests positive for coronavirus. 

 

Organisers will be responsible to ensure that the standards are observed. 

Fearne said the new standards apply for every sort of activity, including weddings. 

Asked about enforcement, Fearne said event organisers who were not able to keep attendees in groups of not more than 10 would not be granted a permit.

Once permits were issued, inspectors would be able to check that conditions were respected.

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