Health Minister Chris Fearne has said he will announce changes to Malta’s travel restrictions, including quarantines, at a press conference tomorrow.
Fearne issued a tweet following a meeting with Superintendent of Public Health Charmaine Gauci in the wake of a national outcry at the rules forcing travellers from ‘dark red’ countries to quarantine at a hotel for two weeks at a cost of €1,400.
Following this morning’s biweekly meeting with SPH Prof Gauci, I will be announcing changes to #Malta travel restrictions – including quarantine protocols – to the press tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/CsKcNP6q9v
— Chris Fearne (@chrisfearne) September 14, 2021
People travelling to Malta from ‘dark red’ countries are being forced to pay €1,400 for their two-week stay at the Marina Hotel or the ST Sliema Hotel, which only includes bed and breakfast.
In a strongly-worded statement today, the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses warned that this restriction cannot be considered a public health measure but rather a punishment for travelling to a ‘dark red’ country.
“These measures are a shame on this country and MUMN supports our members and their families and appeals to the Prime Minister to change the legal notice allowing all those who have a residence to quarantine at home,” the union said.
“COVID-19 measures should have never been used as a punishment and neither should Dr. Gauci have allowed that through COVID-19 measures, certain hotel establishments are making money out of poor people who were constrained to travel.”
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