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Hundreds Of Revellers Party On Malta’s Beaches As Business Owners Left Livid

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Hundreds of people gathering on popular beaches in Malta’s former entertainment hotspot has led many to wonder if current COVID-19 mitigation measures are working.

Photos taken in St George’s Bay near Paceville yesterday and Friday evening show the location thriving with people who are walking by or gathered along the beach.

One person who witnessed the scene told Lovin Malta that she felt it was unfair that so many people were seemingly ignoring social distancing laws while other businesses were forced to close.

“Restaurants are suffering due to space and social distancing issues and having to close at midnight, MTA and police officers are always checking them, and then you see this? This is not fair,” she said.

And it wasn’t only her.

Matthew De Giorgio, Gianpula clubbing village owner, shared the image while saying: “To stop this mess, open the nightclubs, starting with a vaccinated entrance policy for safety.”

Luke Chetcuti, who runs several establishments in the area, shared a similar image the day before, saying: “Please wake up. This is not working. Allow regulated businesses to operate in normal hours as we are compliant with COVID-19 regulations. As you can see, there are no regulations.”

Beyond St George’s Bay, other beachside havens have also recently become hot spots for people to gather as clubs remain closed, with the Exiles area in Sliema becoming increasingly popular.

Do you think this situation is sustainable? 

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Johnathan is interested in the weird, wonderful, and sometimes dark realities late capitalist society forces upon us all. He also likes food and music. Follow him at @supreofficialmt on Instagram, and send him news, food and music stories at [email protected]

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