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Coronavirus: New SafePass regulations from Tuesday

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The decree enforcing the latest SafePass measures in all indoor and outdoor areas with more than 20 people comes into force on Tuesday.

Beaches, parks, linear parks, dams, nature paths and excursion areas are exempted.

In an explanatory Q&A after the tougher SafePass rules were announced on Friday, the health ministry said the requirement applies to all indoor and outdoor areas as well as buildings where, adhering to distancing measures and the guidelines and health protocols, it is possible for more than 20 people, including employees, to congregate. Everyone aged over 12 must have SafePass.

“This includes retail trade, retail drinks and food businesses, catering premises, and recreation centres,” it said.

Businesses must put up a sign outside with the maximum number of people allowed. They must also specify clearly in a sign whether a SafePass is required, taking into consideration the number of their employees and customers.

For example, a SafePass is not required if a bakery or minimarket, based on its size, cannot let in more than 15 customers at any given time, and it has five employees. But if a shop can let in 16 customers and it has five employees, then a SafePass is needed.

Members of the public can also show the EU Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC) as a SafePass but must also have ID for confirmation purposes.

It also clarified that should a member of the public refuse to show a SafePass and will not leave the business, then the owner/manager must inform police to take the appropriate action.

 

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