Despite Malta having achieved 86% herd immunity, standing events still remain illegal as the Deputy Prime Minister deemed them high-risk. Following a press conference by Health Minister Chris Fearne and Superintendent for Public Health Charmaine Gauci, several measures were relaxed in order to mitigate infections and yet return to normalcy. Standing events still remained off limits however, as events organisers were left sorely disappointed by what seemed to be the turning of the tides.
The measures which were in fact implemented detailed how as of the 16th of August, the capacity for outdoor events would increase to 300 albeit still sitting. Capacity would then increase to 500, but standing will still not be allowed. The entertainment industry exclaimed disappointment at these measures, stating that herd immunity and fully vaccinated partygoers should not pose a threat to society. The health ministry still vouched for gradual easing but the new measures only leave the entertainment industry as one of the sectors most negatively impacted by the restrictions.
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