Organisers have revealed that the authorities have so far refused to issue a permit for the procession on the feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck on February 10th.
Taking to Facebook, the Għaqda tal-Pawlini stated that sit-down events planned for February 8th and 9th have been given go-aheads, but the request for the procession has not been accepted at this stage.
Organisers said they are still seeking a meeting with the authorities for a solution which safeguards public health to be reached. This comes after the Band Clubs association said last week that traditional village feasts could once again start being celebrated from April as long as it is done responsibly.
This also comes after a meeting with Prime Minister Robert Abela, Health Minister Chris Fearne and Superintendent for Public Health Charmaine Gauci. In reaction to this refusal of the Valletta procession, Nationalist MP Claudio Grech said that it was clear that somebody did not want the feast to be held, with COVID being used as a ‘comfortable pretext.’
Grech made reference to the Malta Film Awards at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, saying that this closed space was full of people with total lack of observance of mask waring rules and social distancing.
‘But for the health authorities, a reduced procession in the open streets of Valletta was riskier, and the organisers request was therefore denied’ he said. ‘Whoever thought Valletta’s citizens were puppets or fools was surely mistaken’ he added.
Photo Source: Claudio Grech FB, Johann Grech FB