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University of Gibraltar’s PGCE students have started placements across Gibraltar’s schools this week. The students have been eager to return to the school environment and meet their new classes and colleagues following a brief spell learning online during the lockdown. This is the students’ second placement during this one-year programme. 

World Book Day will this year be celebrated and marked by Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, with several initiatives and online offerings.

'As vaccination rates rise, and as we begin to move towards a more normal life, it is important we learn whether and how we can begin to hold larger group events. These will include sports as well as cultural events.'

The Government has received representations from several owners of Gibraltar cars and motorcycles who had these vehicles impounded in Spain. Government have said a number of cases have been examined very carefully and brought to the attention of the Spanish authorities.

Local businessman Mr Jamie Perez has kindly donated 5 Samsung tablets to the Elderly Residential Services (ERS) through the Office of Civil Contingencies.

The Minister for Equality, Justice, Health and Care, Samantha Sacramento MP, on the 5th February took to Parliament a Bill for an Act on surrogacy. The Bill had been published on the 28th January and was brought to Parliament by the at the earliest possible opportunity following a certificate from the Chief Minister abridging the normal six-week requirement of notice.

St Bernadette’s Resource Centre resumed normal activity on Monday 22nd February 2021. This follows a robust inoculation programme arranged for service users who have now received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

His Excellency the Governor Vice Admiral Sir David Steel was shown around the Northern Defences for the first time this morning. He was received by the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia and the Project Director Carl Viagas.

The Gorham’s Cave Complex UNESCO World Heritage Site has had a high profile within the Gibraltar National Museum’s own website since its inscription in 2016.

The Minister for Health Samantha Sacramento has announced that yesterday, Sunday 21st February, marked exactly six weeks since the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Gibraltar first started.

The Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Climate Change John Cortes last week participated in a virtual meeting on Climate Change, in preparation for the Climate Change Summit (COP26) that will be held in Glasgow later this year.

During this afternoon's press update, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo announced that mask wearing will only be required in the centre of Town in Main Street, inside shops and in internal public spaces. He also pleaded with the general public to be cautious when going to Spain, "we are sharing responsibilities between ourselves, as citizens, to be sensible in protecting each other."

The Public Health Department of the GHA at the Contact Tracing Bureau is currently carrying out a post-COVID follow-up review of people who tested positive for COVID-19 some time ago.

HM Government of Gibraltar is pleased to confirm that the BEAT support measures will continue for the month of February as announced by the Chief Minister in his press conference last week. The BEAT measures will comprise of the following measures;

The Department of Education says it is pleased that it will be able to welcome all students back to school on Monday 22nd February as recently announced.

Government has announced the resumption of the Gibraltar Bus Company service on all routes as from Monday 22nd February 2021.

Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, has outlined the programme of events forming part of the Youth Arts Jamboree 2021. COVID-19 restrictions have meant GCS has had to present new ways of delivering this content with this in turn inspiring new ideas as well as the development of some exciting initiatives.

Mariola Summerfield belonged to Gibraltar’s beloved generation that suffered the evacuation during World War 2 and the Spanish blockade to strangle Gibraltar economically.

Government has announced that the rubble tip on the eastern side of Gibraltar, between Eastern Beach and Catalan Bay, is now full and will no longer receive any rubble. The main users of this service were notified in January by the Technical Services Department who have managed the site throughout.

The Gibraltar Honours Board, under the Chairmanship of the Governor, will meet in April / May to consider nominations for: