The Government, by order of the Superintendent of Public Health, ordered the closure of the following venues indefinitely (L.N. 41, L.N. 65, L.N. 73, L.N. 76, L.N. 77, L.N. 82, L.N. 86, L.N. 91 and L.N. 95 of 2020), for the purposes of guarding against and/or controlling the spreading of the COVID-19 (or the novel coronavirus):
i) the Courts of Justice of Malta, including the superior and inferior courts, the appellate courts irrespective of their competence or jurisdiction, any tribunal established by law, and any boards, commissions, committees or other entities before which any proceedings are heard or procedures undertaken which are subject to legal or administrative time limits for filing any claims, defences or other acts and the registry of those courts and/or tribunals;
ii) childcare and kindergarten centres; colleges, sixth forms and higher secondaries; the University of Malta and other tertiary educational institutions; further and higher educational institution; ELT schools;
iii) bars, restaurants, cafeterias and snack bars;
iv) cinemas, clubs, discotheques and night clubs;
v) museums and exhibitions;
vi) open-air markets;
vii) gymnasiums, indoor swimming pools, the national swimming pool and massage parlours;
viii) gaming premises including controlled gaming premises, bingo halls, casinos, gaming parlours, lotto booths and betting shops;
ix) vehicle roadworthiness testing (VRT) stations;
x) shops, whether or not operating in shopping malls, whose principal business relates to the selling of clothes, sportswear, handbags and leather goods, luggage, footwear, jewellery, costume jewellery and accessories, non-prescription eyewear, perfumes and beauty products, souvenirs, haberdasheries, toys and hobby-related products, soft furnishings and sofas, furniture, household appliances, flowers, vapes and discount stores;
xi) outlets, whether or not operating in shopping malls, providing non-essential services, namely hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, spas, nail artists, nail technicians and tattooists;
Moreover, all organised events, including all cultural, recreational, entertainment, sporting and religious events and exhibitions in public or private places, including all evens and exhibitions held inside any of the above-mentioned places are suspended as from 23rd March 2020, indefinitely (L.N. 101 of 2020).
Therefore, it may be possible that your employer may have closed down its doors to its business temporarily to adhere to such measures. In this scenario, Point 7 above still applies.
You are to be aware that the above-mentioned shops may still sell their products or provide delivery and take-away services to the community. Likewise, restaurants situated in hotels may continue to provide room service to hotel guests and delivery service in the community.