During a press conference Prime Minister Robert Abela and Minister for the Economy and Industry Silvio Schembri announced details of the 2nd round of COVID-19 vouchers rollout; an economic injection of €50million.
The €100 vouchers will be made up of 4 Red Vouchers of €15 each and 4 Blue Vouchers of €10 each. The red vouchers can be redeemed in hotels, accommodation, restaurants, bars and diving schools, whilst the 4 Blue Vouchers can be redeemed in retail shops, hair and beauty salons, sports clubs and gyms, museums, arts and culture centres, band clubs and other venues.
Businesses which activated the Voucher Business App last year do not need to reactivate it since their account is still active with the same login and password. These businesses are encouraged to verify that the credit card linked to their business account is still valid. This can be easily updated through the Business App which can be accessed through vouchersmimcol.com. On the other hand those eligible businesses which did not choose to activate the Business App last year, can activate their account now by obtaining an activation code through the I am a business section on vouchersmimcol.com. A new Business App Guide will be sent out to eligible businesses in the coming days by registered post. New businesses which fall under the eligible categories as stipulated in LN 76 and 95 of 2020, can apply online as well. Minister Schembri said that the Ministry for Economy and Industry together with MIMCOL have worked to enhance the voucher system for both businesses and consumers.
Minister Schembri explained that this time, the public has two options to receive these vouchers. The first option is to download the vouchers digitally using a smartphone. Every person can download the vouchers by visiting wallet.vouchersmimcol.com between the 20th May and the 4th June. The app can be downloaded using the E-ID and password or by registering a new identification account on the vouchers app using the ID Card or Residency Permit Card in case of foreigners residing legally in Malta. All households will be receiving a leaflet guide in the coming days for the easy download of digital vouchers.
Opting for the online download of vouchers will help people avoid going to Maltapost offices in case they miss their delivery by post and these will have the vouchers immediately available on their phones to start using them from the 7th of June. The app will also make it easier for one to store the vouchers safely, transfer digital vouchers between voucher app users and will also allow for online payments.
Minister Schembri assured that those who on the other hand do not opt to download the vouchers digitally, will automatically receive printed vouchers via registered post at their residences after the 7th of June.
Consumers may visit the I am a Consumer section on vouchersmimcol.com or call helpline 8007 4904 for further assistance.
Businesses can visit the I am a Business section on vouchersmimcol.com or call helpline 8007 4950.