A video has emerged of people congregating near St George’s Bay in St Julian’s just hours after new COVID-19 mitigation measures were implemented.
The video sent to Lovin Malta shows a sizeable crowd of people near the beach at around 1am on Friday morning amidst what was the island’s worst spike in COVID-19 cases.
“It continues to happen,” St Julian’s Mayor Albert Buttigieg told Lovin Malta. “It’s very difficult to keep watch of the location for 24 hours.”
The St Julian’s local council informed police about the gathering and officers went on the scene to disperse the crowd. Lovin Malta is also informed that fines were issued to those found in breach of COVID-19 regulations.
“The police were very friendly and cooperative with the council,” Buttigieg added.
With St George’s Bay and Spinola Bay being among the only open spaces in the locality, the local council has been inundated with complaints about overcrowding and litter in those areas.
“We had a lot of complaints from our residents and other outlets about garbage and takeaway boxes. These are two particular areas where young people like to congregate… the only open areas we have in St Julian’s,” Buttigieg said.
Following the implementation of new COVID-19 mitigation measures, authorities have cracked down on lawbreakers with 762 people fined so far, an average of 109 fines a day.
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