Updated: 8 fined for being in groups of more than 3 people

As planned inspections continued throughout the day across Malta & Gozo focusing mainly on enforcement of the order relating to the number of persons in public spaces. 8 fines were issued today to persons who were in breach.

This was a joint operation involving several districts/divisions of the Malta Police Force: District Police, Rapid Intervention Unit, Mellieha Community Policing Team, Mounted Section & Dogs Section, while the ALE are currently still committed to inspections in relation to breach of the quarantine regulations.

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Last week, the government said crowds of more than five people would be dispersed by the police. However yesterday the Home Affairs Minister said he was angered by what he saw over the weekend, especially on Sunday, when crowds gathered at certain public places, such as promenades and beaches. A new Legal Notice was then published which limits the maximum number of people who can gather to three. Those who do not obey will be fined €100 each.  

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“Inspections are set to continue throughout the day across Malta & Gozo,” the Malta Police Force said on Facebook.

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The Armed Forces of Malta are also checking beaches via helicopter.

Outside children play areas, signs have been erected recommending that the equipment not be used due to the virus situation.

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