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Malta will reopen its airport to passenger flights on Wednesday, July 1, Prime Minister Robert Abela said on Sunday, as the Mediterranean island rolls back restrictions introduced in March to halt the spread of Covid-19 infections.
“These are exciting time for Malta. We are returning to normality,” Mr Abela said.
Tourism accounts for almost a quarter of Malta’s economy and hoteliers have urged the government to reopen the airport or risk mass unemployment.
Tourism authorities are negotiating “safe corridors” for travel with countries that have low numbers of Covid-19 cases. At the moment, the proposal includes Luxembourg, Norway, Serbia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Latvia and Lithuania.
Malta has recorded about 600 cases of the virus and nine deaths, having carried out an intensive testing and contact-tracing program. Restaurants and non-essential shops were allowed to reopen in mid-May, but churches and schools remain closed. Bars and gyms will reopen on Friday.
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