Extended times and increased seating for establishments welcoming only vaccinated patrons

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In a news conference earlier this afternoon, Health Minister Chris Fearne said that pubs and restaurants that restrict admission to only vaccinated persons will be permitted to reduce COVID-19 restrictions beginning next week.

Relaxed measures include reducing the distance between tables from two to one and a half metres and increasing the maximum number of persons seated around the table from six to eight. The hours of operation for such restaurants will also be extended until 3 a.m., with restricted bar service.

If they want to use such steps, the operators must verify that all participants aged 12 and up have a valid vaccine certificate and that all personnel are vaccinated. Bars and restaurants that prefer to serve unvaccinated clients must follow the current regulations.

Malta will also begin to recognise certifications produced by Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Rwanda, according to the Deputy Prime Minister.