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25th February 2021, 18:53

Gibraltar to stand down from Major Posture as from March 1st

Gibraltar will stand down from a major incident posture as from Monday, with this including the reopening of catering establishments and the push back of the curfew to midnight.

The news comes as Gibraltar registers just 20 active cases of Covid-19, the lowest number on the Rock in over six months.

New measures come into effect as from Monday the first of March, bringing to an end Gibraltar's Major Incident posture which has been in place for over two months

This means catering establishments will be free to open, albeit with restrictions.

Staff will be required to wear double masks for the duration of March.

Patrons will be able to sit at tables in groups of up to six people, and the start of the curfew will be moved back from 10pm to midnight, and continue to run until 6am.

However, in the first half of March, only table service will be permitted and the sale of alcohol will be restricted at catering establishments between the hours 3 and 7pm.

The maximum number of people allowed to gather in public will also remain at 12 for the first 14 days of March.

The news comes as Gibraltar registers just 20 active cases of Covid, the lowest figure since mid-August

Regrettably, one more death has also been registered. Four patients continue under hospital care, with three of these in CCU.

Given the low numbers at St Bernard's, the Nightingale Hospital will now be decommissioned.

Mr Picardo said in parliament on Thursday that as we take these faltering steps towards normality, maintaining the full effect of the Contact Tracing Bureau will be more important than ever.

Whilst urging continued caution, the Chief Minister said that we may be approaching the beginning of the end to this dreadful virus.