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Gibraltar’s former Governors have written an open letter to all Gibraltarians to express their support and solidarity in the face of the global coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Gibraltar Cultural Services will now be reimbursing the remaining 20% of unclaimed ticket holders via bank transfer.

"Dear fellow Gibraltarians, It is with a heavy heart that I write to you as Gibraltar battens down the hatches in this global pandemic that is sweeping through the continent ravaging the entire planet.

Government are advising members of the public that as part of the recent COVID-19 measures to close public counter services, Gibraltar Car Parks Limited will be launching a website to offer online services as from Monday 23rd March.

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo announced at a press conference held earlier today that Gibraltar will be going into total social lockdown as from Midnight on Tuesday.

As part of its consumer protection responsibilities the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is monitoring the prices of certain goods for which there has been an elevated demand since the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis.

A new drive-through Coronavirus Testing Centre has been opened by the Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA) at Rooke on Queensway.

The Gibraltar Health Authority is calling on members of the public to please return borrowed patient appliances that they no longer needed. These include Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy pieces such as wheeled commodes, crutches, perching stools wheelchairs and walking frames.

Gibraltar Cultural Services and GAMPA have announced the programme of events that will feature online as from Monday 23rd March 2020.

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar has said it notes the decision announced this evening by the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Education to close schools in the United Kingdom.

Measures to increase social distancing and delay the spread of COVID-19, in line with the advice provided by Public Health professionals, are being adopted throughout Government. Nonetheless, services to the public will continue.

A COVID-19 Public Information Call Centre has been established, based at No 6 Convent Place, and will take all queries regarding COVID-19 that are not medical in nature.

The Department of Social Security advises the public that as part of HM Government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak arrangements for Social Assistance payments due this Thursday 19th March 2020 will be paid on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th March 2020 in a scheduled manner and in a controlled way.

The Government has taken the decision to temporarily close Gibraltar House in London in the face of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Gibraltar House in Brussels will remain open for the time being.

The Cruise Liner “World Dream” is planning to carry out a technical call at Gibraltar on the 21st March.

"My dear fellow Gibraltarians. We are facing a Public Health Emergency. As we all know, we are not immune from the rapid spread though Europe of the COVID 19 Coronavirus."

Gibraltar Cultural Services, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, and based on Government advice and recommendations from the Director of Public Health, confirm as follows:

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar says it notes the statement from the Spanish Minister of the Interior, Snr Fernando Grande Marlaska, in relation to the re-introduction of controls at Spain’s internal Schengen frontiers, that is to say, Spain’s frontiers with Portugal and France.

The new law, which will come into effect tomorrow, is designed to protect the elderly from exposure to the virus. It generally prohibits the elderly, from leaving their place of residence, unless they are going to purchase food, medical supplies or to work.

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar have said it has been overwhelmed with the number of people who are coming forward to volunteer their assistance during this time.