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COVID-19: Emergency Measures in Malta | Update 28

1. Legal Notices

  1. Legal Notices 219 – 226 of 2020 (Various Amendments to the Value Added Tax Act)
  2. Legal Notice 228 of 2020 (Suspension of Organised Events (Amendment No. 2) Order, 2020)
  3. Legal Notice 229 of 2020 (Closure of Schools (Amendment) Order, 2020)
  4. Legal Notice 230 of 2020 (Closure of the Courts of Justice (Repeal) Order, 2020)
  5. Legal Notice 231 of 2020 (Enforcement of the order relating to the number of persons in Public Spaces (Amendment No. 2), 2020)
  6. Legal Notice 232 of 2020 (Repealing Regulations, 2020)
  7. Legal Notice 233 of 2020 (Number of Persons in Public Spaces (Amendment) Order, 2020

2. Administrative Notices

  1. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Ministry of Health: Publication of Mitigation Conditions and Guidances
  2. The Ministry for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity: Update regarding the COVID-19 Benefits
  3. The Ministry for Education and Employment – Opening of SkolaSajf 2020

 

1. Legal Notices

1.1 Legal Notices 219 – 226 of 2020 (Various Amendments to the Value Added Tax Act)

By virtue of these 7 Legal Notices, which amend Schedules 2 - 6, 11 – 12 and Schedule 14 of the Value Added Tax Act, Malta is implementing Council Directives 2017/2455, 2009/132/EC and 2019/1995/EC (amending Directive 2006/112/EC) which regulate the VAT e-commerce package.

Whilst the intended implementation date of the VAT e-commerce package throughout the EU is 1 January 2021, it is currently being proposed that this is postponed to 1 July 2021 due to the COVID-19 situation. In fact the date when these Legal Notices shall come into force has not yet been established and will be notified by means of a notice in the Government Gazette.  

1.2 Legal Notice 228 of 2020 (Suspension of Organised Events (Amendment No. 2) Order, 2020)

This Legal Notice amends the Suspension of Organised Events Order, S.L. 465.32 such that organised events including all cultural, recreational, entertainment and religious events and exhibitions in public or private places are no longer suspended. A suspension remains in effect with respect to the organisation of contact sports, but the Superintendent of Public Health may, at her discretion, grant an exemption which is subject to measures which the Superintendent may impose.

This Legal Notice comes into effect on 5 June 2020.

1.3 Legal Notice 229 of 2020 (Closure of Schools (Amendment) Order, 2020)

This Legal Notice amends the definition of the term ‘schools’ in the Closure of Schools Order, S.L. 465.14. The term now refers to kindergarten centres, Colleges, Sixth Forms / Higher Secondaries, the University of Malta, other tertiary educational institutions and further and higher educational institutions.

This means that, with effect from 5 June 2020, child care centres, ELT schools and any other institutions the resources of which are ordained towards the promotion of education and training of other persons through the dissemination of knowledge, which are not referred to above, are no longer covered by the Superintendent of Public Health’s order of closure.

1.4 Legal Notice 230 of 2020 (Closure of the Courts of Justice (Repeal) Order, 2020)

With effect from 5 June 2020, this Legal Notice repeals the Closure of the Courts of Justice Order, S.L. 465.19. This repeal is without prejudice to the validity of anything done or omitted to be one on the basis thereof and subject to the below provisions:

  • The suspension of the time limits as in force prior to the repeal of S.L. 465.19 for the filing of any acts before a court following the conclusion of any proceedings before any Tribunal, board, commission, committee or other entity which does not operate from a building of the Courts of Justice shall remain in force for 20 days from the coming into force of this order.
  • The suspension of time limits as in force prior to the repeal of S.L. 465.19 for the filing of any acts before a court or other tribunal, board, commission, committee or other entity which operates from the building of the Courts of Justice shall remain in force for a period of 7 days from the coming into force of this order.

1.5 Legal Notice 231 of 2020 (Enforcement of the order relating to the number of persons in Public Spaces (Amendment No. 2), 2020)

With effect from 5 June 2020, the Enforcement of the Order relating to the Number of Persons in Public Spaces Regulations, S.L. 465.35, shall no longer refer to the Number of Persons in Public Spaces (Increase in Number of Persons) Order, S.L. 465.41, which had increased the maximum number of persons in public spaces to 6 persons, given the update provided by Legal Notice 233 of 2020 (below).  

1.6 Legal Notice 232 of 2020 (Repealing Regulations, 2020)

This Legal Notice repeals, with effect from 5 June 2020, the following orders and regulations:

  • Closure of Places Open to the Public Order, S.L. 465.21
  • Enforcement of the Order relating to Closure of Places Open to the Public Regulations, S.L. 465.24
  • Closure of Non-Essential Retail Outlets and Outlets Providing Non-Essential Services Order, S.L. 465.27
  • Enforcement of the Order relating to Closure of Non-Essential Retail Outlets and Outlets Providing Non-Essential Services Regulations, S.L. 465.28
  • Protection of Vulnerable Persons Order, S.L. 465.33
  • Number of Persons in Public Spaces (Increase in Number of Persons) Order, S.L. 465.41; and
  • Closure of the Local Tribunals Order, S.L. 465.38

This Legal Notice also provides that:

(a)    any legal, judicial or administrative time-limit for the filing of any acts before the local tribunals, suspended by S.L. 465.38, shall remain so suspended for a period of 20 days from the date of coming into force of this Legal Notice; and

(b)    any service of summons, suspended by S.L. 465.38, shall remain so suspended until a period of 10 days from the date of coming into force of this Legal Notice.

1.7 Legal Notice 233 of 2020 (Number of Persons in Public Spaces (Amendment) Order, 2020

This Legal Notice amends the Number of Persons in Public Spaces Order, S.L. 465.34 such that it prohibits the gathering of masses of more than 75 persons in an organised mass event. Enforcement of S.L. 465.34, as amended, is regulated by S.L. 465.35, as amended via Legal Notice 231 of 2020 (above).

2. Administrative Notices

2.1 The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Ministry of Health: Publication of Mitigation Conditions and Guidances

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Ministry of Health have published, under the Public Health Act, Cap. 465 of the Laws of Malta, a number of mandatory conditions for mitigation measures for the COVID-19 transition phase. These various measures may be accessed on this link.

2.2 The Ministry for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity: Update regarding the COVID-19 Benefits

A press release issued by the Ministry for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity provides the following:

  • New applications for temporary COVID-19 benefits have decreased significantly and accordingly the Ministry has decided to close the application process, with the exception of benefits granted to employees who had their full-time employment terminated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These applications will be processed directly following the individual’s registration with Jobsplus.  
  • The benefits paid to parents required to stay at home to take care of school-aged children and the additional benefit paid to the unemployed will continue being paid on a weekly basis until 3 July 2020. No further payments are envisaged after that date.
  • The temporary additional benefits for persons with disability who opted to stay at home for health and safety reasons will cease to be paid with effect from 5 June 2020.

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2.3 The Ministry for Education and Employment – Opening of SkolaSajf 2020

The Ministry announced that SkolaSajf will be opening on 1 July 2020. Parents who wish to send their children to SkolaSajf should apply either online via this link or at a MaltaPost branch between 4 June 2020 and 9 June 2020. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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