A number of policies detailing what summer 2020 on the island will look like are set to be rolled out by Monday, Malta’s Tourism Minister said today.
These include protocols for the future of Maltese hotels and restaurants, as well as details on how public bays will operate and how international travel from Malta will be affected.
In a webinar conference alongside the Malta Tourism Association and Malta Hotel and Restaurants Association, Julia Farrugia Portelli explained how a series of “engines” will soon be switched on to kickstart the tourism market in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The first engine to be turned on will be that of internal tourism between Maltese and Gozitans,” Farrugia Portelli said. “By Monday, the Prime Minister will be announcing which economic sectors will open and when.”
Alongside these timelines, “clear protocols” for how certain areas, including restaurants, hotels and bays, will operate as the pandemic continues.
The government is also expected to announce bilateral mechanisms with at least nine other countries to discuss the future of travelling to and from Malta, with the possibility of “safe travel corridors” between certain countries being implemented.
Her comments came on the same day that 10 new cases of COVID-19 were found in Malta and a day after a record number of swab tests were held on the island.
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