The Malta Independent 21 October 2021, Thursday

Updated: After outrage, airshow organisers say children under 5 do not need Covid swab test

Tuesday, 21 September 2021, 09:57 Last update: about 30 days ago

The organisers of the Malta International Airshow have now said that children under the age of five do not need to present a negative Covid-19 test result.

This after an earlier social media post angered many members of the public and led to calls for refunds.

On Tuesday, the organisers said that children between the age of 2 and 12 would only be allowed to enter when accompanied by an adult and presenting a PCR test 72 hours from the entry date or Rapid Test 24hours from the entry date.

Pregnant females can enter when presenting a PCR test 72hours from the entry date or Rapid Test 24hours from the entry date. The organisers said the event is fully compliant with all directives as issued by that Supretendant of Public Health.

Severe backlash ensued, with many people who had already purchased tickets calling for a full refund.

In response, the organisers said: “We understand and appreciate everyone's concern with regards to the conditions for the Static Show during this year's edition of the International Airshow. However, as event organisers, we are duty bound to abide to updated regulations issued by the Health Authorities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In this respect, we refer to our previous post regarding the PCR/Rapid Tests which apply for children aged 5-11 (both ages included) and for pregnant women. Children under the age of 5 do not need to present a COVID-19 Test Result, and can be accompanied by a fullyvaccinated parent/guardian.”

Should any ticket-holders wish to apply for a refund, they may send an email with their request, including their ticket reference number to [email protected]

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