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License Accomodation Regulation

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L.N. 73 of 2021
 New-Covid-19-Measures
 
MALTA TRAVEL AND TOURISM SERVICES ACT
(CAP. 409)
 
Licensed Accommodation Regulations, 2021
 
In exercise of the powers conferred by article 47 of theTravel and Tourism Services Act, the Minister for Tourism andConsumer Protection has made the following regulations:
 
Citation.

1.The title of these regulations is the LicensedAccommodation Regulations, 2021.
 
Interpretation.
 
2.(1) In these regulations, unless the context otherwiserequires:Cap. 409."the Act" means the Malta Travel and Tourism Services Act;"holiday premises" shall have the same meaning as given to"holiday premises" under the Act;"occupy" and any variation of the same word throughout theseregulations shall be construed as meaning as not just consisting ofpersons staying at a tourism accommodation establishment or a room oraccommodation unit within a tourism accommodation establishment forat least one overnight, but shall also include any person that is foundpresent at a tourism accommodation establishment or a room oraccommodation unit within a tourism accommodation establishmenteven if such person does not intend in staying overnight at the same; S.L. 409.08."tourism accommodation establishments" shall have the samemeaning as assigned to "tourism accommodation establishments"under regulation 2 of the Tourism Operations (General) Regulation.(2) Words and expressions used in these regulations and whichare also used in the Act, shall have, unless the context otherwiserequires, the same meaning as in the Act.
 
Conditions of licence.
 
3.The number of persons occupying a tourismaccommodation establishment duly licensed by the Authority or aroom or an accommodation unit within a tourism accommodationestablishment duly licensed by the Authority shall not exceed thenumber of licensed beds as indicated in the licence issued by theAuthority:Provided that where a licence of a holiday premises issued
by the Authority does not specify the number of beds, no more than tenpersons shall occupy the licenced holiday premises: Provided further that where a licence of a tourismaccommodation establishment, not being a holiday premises, does notspecify the number of beds per room or accommodation unit, then nomore than two persons shall occupy such room or accommodation unitwithin the tourism accommodation establishment.
 
Offences and penalties.
 
4.(1) Any person who is found to be:(a) occupying a tourism accommodation establishmentnot licensed by the Authority or a room or accommodation unitwithin a tourism accommodation establishment not licensed bythe Authority; or(b) occupying a tourism accommodation establishmentlicensed by the Authority or a room or accommodation unitwithin a tourism accommodation establishment licensed by theAuthority, where in such tourism accommodation establishmentor room or accommodation unit within a tourism accommodationestablishment more persons than the maximum number ofpersons allowed, as referred to in regulation 3, are foundoccupying the same,shall be guilty of an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine(multa) of one hundred euro (€100).(2) Any licensees and, or operators found to be:(a) providing a holiday premises to more persons thanthe maximum persons allowed according to regulation 3 shall beguilty of an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine(multa) of two thousand and three hundred and twenty-nine euroand thirty-seven cents (€2,329.37); or(b) providing a room or accommodation unit within atourism accommodation establishment, not being a holidaypremises, to more persons than the maximum allowed accordingto regulation 3 shall be guilty of an offence and shall, onconviction, be liable to a fine (multa) of two thousand and threehundred and twenty-nine euro and thirty-seven cents (€2,329.37)for each room or accommodation unit found to be occupyingmore persons than the maximum number of persons allowedaccording to regulation 3:Provided that and for the avoidance of any doubt, anyother applicable fines stipulated in he Act and any regulations made thereunder, in particular but not limited to article 43(1)(b)of the Act, shall not apply in the case of the offences providedfor under this sub-regulation and it is only the fines indicated inthis sub-regulation that shall apply.
(3) In any such instances contemplated in this regulation, theAuthority may relocate all such persons found occupying the tourismaccommodation establishment or a room or accommodation unitwithin the tourism accommodation establishment, irrespective as towhether the tourism accommodation establishment is licenced or not,in an alternative premises or to their ordinary residence. (4) Any such relocation of persons shall be at the expenses of:(a) the persons referred to in sub-regulation (1); and(b) (i) in the case that more persons than the maximumallowed were found occupying a licensed tourismaccommodation establishment or a room or accommodation unitwithin a licensed tourism accommodation, the licensee and theoperator; or(ii) in the case that persons were found occupyingan unlicensed tourism accommodation establishment, the ownerof and the person providing the tourism accommodationestablishment or a room or accommodation unit within thetourism accommodation.(5) The expenses incurred by the Authority in the relocation ofpersons under these regulations shall be recoverable as a civil debt bythe Authority from any or all such persons referred to in sub-regulation(4), who such persons referred to in sub-regulation (4) shall be deemedas jointly and severally liable between them towards the Authority forsuch civil debt.
 
 

 

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