COVID-19 | Closure of outlets retailing in non-essential goods & services

March 24, 2020 | 2 minute read

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On Sunday 22nd March, the Minister for Health Dr Chris Fearne, upon the order of the Superintendent of Public Health, notified the closure of shops retailing in non-essential goods, namely those whose principal business, relates to the selling of the following goods, irrespective of the outlet of sale, that is, whether from within a shopping mall or not:

  • Clothing;
  • Sportswear;
  • Jewellery;
  • Hand bags and leather goods;
  • Costume jewellery and accessories;
  • Footwear;
  • Non-prescription eyewear;
  • Perfumeries;
  • Beauty products;
  • Haberdasheries;
  • Soft furnishings;
  • Household appliances;
  • Souvenir shops;
  • Discount stores;
  • Luggage shops;
  • Toy shops;
  • Hobby shops;
  • Furniture;
  • Florists; and
  • Vaping shops.

Goods may still be sold on a delivery basis, ensuring that the outlet remains closed, and for each default a fine of €3000 will be imposed.

As for non-essential services, closure of outlets, namely hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, spas, nail artists, nail technicians and tattooists has also been ordered, and the same fine shall apply for every breach.

The foregoing has been published in terms of L.N. 95 of 2020 on the 23rd March 2020, together with L.N. 101, whereby the suspension of all organised events, including all cultural, recreational,  entertainment, sporting and religious events and exhibitions in public or private places, even those organised for indoors, has been ordered.

These notices follow the Closure of Places Open to the Public Order in terms of L.N. 76 of 2020 and the Amendment thereto by virtue of L.N. 82 of 2020, ordering the closure of bars, restaurants, cafeterias and snack bars, cinemas, clubs, discotheques and nightclubs; museums and exhibitions; open-air markets; gymnasiums, indoor swimming pools, the national swimming pool and massage parlours; gaming premises including controlled gaming premises, bingo halls, casinos, gaming parlours, lotto booths and betting shops.

Any person breaching these orders shall, on conviction, be liable to the payment of a penalty €3,000 for each breach, that is for each time the establishment is found to be open.

The Government has already issued a set of economic, employment and business-related measures, including measures for third-country nationals employed in Malta and JobsPlus has also launched an initiative to assist those residents whose employment has been terminated, third-country nationals whose employment has been terminated and employers seeking recruits.

Read more: COVID-19 | Malta Financial Aid Package

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