A press release published today by the Government of Malta refers to the statement by the Malta Union of Nurses and Midwives. The Government denies a breach in regulations through a circular sent to public employees following due consultation with the Superintendent of Public Health and in line with clear instructions by the health authorities.
It is also untrue that quarantine leave of public employees will be taken from their vacation leave.
The Government reaffirms that it has taken the situation of the outbreak of coronavirus very seriously and has taken intensive measures in terms of preparedness and control. As part of the measures, people coming from affected areas are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
In such situations, the Manual on Special Leaves in the Public Service Management Code provides for the provision of quarantine leave. Public officers who are precluded by the Superintendent of Public Health from attending to their duties are to be allowed special leave on full pay during the period of such absence.
It is the responsibility of the individuals who are coming from affected areas to ensure they stay in quarantine as requested by health authorities.
The general public will continue to be informed of all the preparations through regular press briefings and media interventions.