In view of the developing situation with COVID-19 HM Government of Gibraltar will temporarily suspend all normal route bus services provided by the Gibraltar Bus Company as from Monday 16th March 2020.

Further to the Chief Minister's statement last night, Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar notes the terms of Decree of today's date issued by the Spanish Government, declaring and setting out in detail the terms of the State of Emergency which will apply in Spain from midnight on Monday the 16th March and, in particular, the restrictions on movement which will arise as a result.

The Chief Minister of Gibraltar, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP, met today with representatives of the NASUWT, Unite and the GGCA at No6 Convent Place.

The Cabinet has decided, on the advice of the Director of Public Health and the acting Medical Director of the Gibraltar Health Authority, that all catering establishments (other than in hotels) should shut completely to the public as from Monday.

In preparation for a surge on 190 calls requesting Emergency Ambulances during a COVID-19 crisis the Gibraltar Ambulance Service (GAS) will implement its Surge Management Plan.

Further meetings of the COVID-19 Core Group have taken place. The Cabinet also met this afternoon on the return of the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister from London.

The Directors of Gibraltar Community Care Ltd have decided to follow the Gibraltar Government’s lead in attempting to reduce the coronavirus impact and will close its offices to the public as from Wednesday 18 March 2020.

HM Government of Gibraltar has made the difficult decision to close all bars, restaurants and nightclubs from 8:00pm nightly, starting today as a measure to slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

In light of reports that the President of Spain is expected to declare a State of Emergency at 1430hrs CET, the Chief Minister is convening the Cabinet for 1800hrs today to assess the implications this may have for Gibraltar, if any.

The Chief Minister of Gibraltar, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP, has today agreed with the Deputy Chief Minister, the Hon Dr Joseph Garcia MP, the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Dr Keith Azopardi QC MP and Independent MP, the Hon Marlene Hassan Nahon MP, that the Referendum on Abortion convened for next Thursday the 19th of March should be postponed.

The PCC is working hard to ensure that patients and staff are protected from possibly contracting COVID-19; as such they are endeavouring to provide some face to face services by telephone instead, and by using the support of agencies outside the PCC such as Pharmacies.

The Gibraltar Health Authority has now taken affirmative action as a precautionary measure, to protect patients and staff during this phase of containment of the COVID -19 virus (Coronavirus) in order to prevent potential spread.

HM Government of Gibraltar have said it continues to plan and prepare for any possible outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19. This is done in line with the best estimates and projections of our Public Health professionals for when we might expect to see a rise in the number of cases locally.

The central advice to the elderly and to those persons with underlying health conditions in Gibraltar is that they should keep movement to a minimum, that they should avoid large gatherings and leave their homes only if absolutely necessary.

As previously announced by HM Government of Gibraltar, the 2020 Gibraltar Drama Festival will take place at the John Mackintosh Hall, but with closed doors to the general public.

The Department of Education has written to all Gibraltar students who are studying at University abroad to provide advice and reassurance regarding COVID-19.

A GHA Drive-Through Testing facility has been given approval to go ahead at Rooke. This temporary facility is planned to be operational within a few days.

The Ministry of Business, Tourism and Transport have announced as part of the Sustainable Traffic, Transport and Parking Plan (STTPP) that as from tomorrow, Thursday 12 March 2020, a new Pay & Display parking zone at the ex-Queen’s Cinema site will become operational.

The new COVID-19 virus can cause more severe symptoms in people with a weakened immune system (such as those suffering from cancer, or are on special medication), and older people (generally over the age of 70), especially those with long term conditions like heart disease, poorly controlled diabetes, poorly managed blood pressure and chronic lung disease.

The full Government met in Cabinet this morning in order to determine a number of policy decisions in relation to COVID-19 which was the only item on the agenda.