It is the kind of laissez faire attitude that has seen our neghbouring countries devastated by the unprecedented scourge of the COVID-19. Whole communities have been and are still being decimated by the kind of pandemic that the world has not seen in at least a century since the Spanish Flu of 1918.
Malta is not as to date on lockdown, however, it appears that appealing to our citizens’ sense of good judgement or even common sense is not enough and heavy-handed government intervention is evidently the only way which might prove to be our country’s salvation. Apparently, left to our own devices, it is more important to have a good gossip on a Saturday morning at our local market, than try to safeguard ourselves, our families, our neighbours and community by avoiding any place where people can congregate.
As for retailers, in this case market hawkers, does it not make more sense to do without sales for a couple of weeks, than no sales for months on end? After all, dead or sick customers do not a thriving business make.
Again, we must all understand that if we need to survive this together, we need to do what is necessary, including staying indoors unless absolutely essential to do otherwise. Only with a little sacrifice can we ensure that our nation and our people do not go the same way as other, much bigger countries.