Malta to allow controlled visits to elderly homes as from Monday

Residents at Malta’s elderly homes will start to receive visits again of their relatives as from Monday, the Maltese government said on Friday.

The announcement came as a relaxation of measures imposed more than two months ago to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The relatives will be guided to a specific visiting point in accordance with the ward of the person they want to visit. Meetings will be limited to 15 minutes, and a perspex barrier will divide the elderly people and their relatives.

Meanwhile, visitors must wear masks at all times and have their temperature taken beforehand.

The visits will have to be booked at least two days earlier and no more than four people will be allowed to visit at one go.

Malta stopped visits to care homes in March, soon after the coronavirus pandemic hit the island.