Repealing regulations relating to COVID-19

Additional legal notices have been published on 15 June 2020 repealing several suspension orders and regulations which were introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

1. Legal Notice 243 of 2020:

This legal notice shall come into force on 30 June 2020 and repeals the following orders and regulations:

(i) Closure of Schools order;
(ii) Epidemics and Infectious Disease (suspension of legal times relating to promise of sale agreements, notarial and related matters) order;
(iii) Epidemics and Infectious Disease (suspension of legal and judicial times) order;
(iv) Suspension of Legal Times relating to Promise of Sale Agreements, Notarial and other related matters (epidemics and infectious disease) order;
(v) Closure of Schools (extension of the period of closure) order;
(vi) Enforcement of the order relating to the suspension of organised events regulations. Provided that any act, decision, or action taken before the coming into force of this legal notice shall continue to be regulated by the Enforcement of the Order relating to the suspension of organised events regulations, 2020.

2. Legal Notice 244 of 2020:

This legal notice shall come into force on 1 July 2020 and provides that persons may travel from Malta to the following countries, and likewise from the following countries into Malta:

(vii) Austria;
(viii) Cyprus;
(ix) Czech Republic;
(x) Denmark;
(xi) Estonia;
(xii) Finland;
(xiii) Hungary;
(xiv) Iceland;
(xv) Ireland;
(xvi) Germany;
(xvii) Latvia;
(xviii) Lithuania;
(xix) Luxembourg;
(xx) Norway;
(xxi) Italy – with the exception of Emilia Romagna, Lombardy and Piemonte;
(xxii) France – with the exception of Ile-de-France;
(xxiii) Slovakia;
(xxiv) Switzerland;
(xxv) Greece;
(xxvi) Croatia;
(xxvii) Spain – with the exception of Madrid, Catalonia, Castilla-La Mancha, Castile and León; and
(xxviii) Poland.

It is also provided that the Superintendent of Public Health may grant an exemption of persons to travel from Malta to countries other than those listed above, and likewise from countries other than those listed above to Malta, where such travel of persons is deemed necessary or essential.

The above repealing of measures has been implemented in an attempt to stimulate Malta’s economy, with the Malta International Airport to open its doors after almost three months of closure. The necessary travel precautions to ensure the health and safety of passengers and crew alike will nevertheless be implemented. The additional repealing measures also effectively mean that organised events may take place in public without the 75-person limit being applied.