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22nd July 2021, 13:07

All large events on Government premises cancelled until September as Covid cases rise

All events planned for Government premises from now until September have been cancelled.

The Government has taken the decision following the rise in Covid-19 cases. Smaller events will still be able to go ahead with precautions put in place.

There are 22 new positive cases today, bringing the Rock's active case load to 268.

Large events planned to take place in Government premises are to be cancelled, with Civil Contingencies and the Ministry of Culture planning to reach out to event organisers to explain the decision. This will be the case for anything scheduled between now and September.

Smaller events that are seated and ticketed can still go ahead as long as those attending have been double vaccinated AND can provide a negative covid test result within the previous 24 hours.

No legal restrictions will be placed on catering establishment at the moment, however, this could change if cases continue to rise. At present, the Government urges private bars, restaurants and nightclubs to be cautious by strictly controlling numbers, and making sure clients are double vaccinated and can provide a negative test result.

GBC asked the Government how all this extra testing would be funded.

It told us that people registered with the GHA will be able to use the drive-in facility at no cost, but others will need to use the testing facility at the airport for a fee. At present, it costs 30 pounds to book a test at the airport.

Government says it's saddened that it has to take this step but needs to respond to the rapid rise in cases, and in particular hospitalisations. Today, of which, there are eight.

It says that though these measures are inconvenient and burdensome, it's important the community continues to work together to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.