The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association has appealed to direct its COVID-19 policy to the number of infected patients recovering in hospital rather than to the number of those being infected without the need for hospitalisation.
Concurrently, the government also had to pursue its efforts to reduce the number of infected people to get back the “green” status as soon as possible.
In a statement on Monday, referred to the country’s return to the EU’s “red” travel list following a surge in the number of cases. President Tony Zahra said that as national health authorities have confirmed that the majority of the recent new infected cases are unvaccinated individuals, Malta’s task now is to complete the vaccination drive to get every resident in Malta protected.
The MHRA also noted that there was a labour shortage in the hospitality industry and called upon the government to exempt tax on overtime and part time revenues earned by employees in the tourism, travel and hospitality sector.
“Indeed, we need to do all what is needed to attract and retain employees working in the tourism industry even during such difficult times, as if we get this wrong then the repercussions can be serious,” it said as it called for joint efforts focused on sustainable solutions.
“We need simple and clear protocols which safeguard public health but which also reflect the needs of the economy. It’s important to remember that the economy is all of us and that tourism is the heart that pumps the economic blood,” the MHRA said.
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