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The Elderly Residential Services have stepped up their contingency plans and implemented a series of measures to safeguard residents in the light of the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the community and neighbouring countries.

HM Customs Enforcement units have seized two vehicles with 4600 cartons of cigarettes.

The Gibraltar Tourist Board says it regrets to announce that the 8th Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival will not be held this year.

The Government has said it notes the latest Opposition statement on the restoration of Primary Care Services.

The Department of the Environment, Sustainability, Climate Change and Heritage has said it will introduce the Black Ball Flag at Gibraltar’s beaches, as a safety measure in response to a noticeable increase of activities related to all types of water sports.

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar has enhanced its existing infection mitigation control measures in Regulations published by the Minister with responsibility for Civil Contingencies by introducing a legal duty for travellers to report to the authorities if they have been in a “relevant area” in the 14 days before their arrival in Gibraltar.

Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, has announced the nominees for the 2020 Cultural Awards. The Awards are aimed at celebrating the best of Gibraltar’s arts and culture.

Students received their A-Level results today at the Gibraltar College, Westside and Bayside schools. For the first time, these results were issued electronically by the schools.

People who intend to travel, particularly during August, are urged to avoid those parts of the World with a high incidence of COVID-19.

During the course of the pandemic, the Ministry of Equality collaborated with the Office of Civil Contingencies and procured face masks with transparent coverings in order to support the deaf and hard of hearing community in Gibraltar and enable them to lip read the face mask user.

In the second edition of the annual MedCruise Awards, Gibraltar has won the award for the “Western Mediterranean MedCruise port showing the greatest commitment during the pandemic”.

Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry for Heritage and Culture, is launching a competition for the design of a stained glass window that will adorn and enhance the Central Hall.

The Government has said today that it continues to plan for all eventualities as negotiations continue to define a future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union before the transitional period comes to an end on 31 December.

Government has confirmed that all the recent occupants of the Retreat Centre are now accommodated elsewhere, having left the Centre of their own accord.

This year schools will be issuing students’ A Level and GCSE results via email. A Level results are due to be released on Thursday 13th August at 9am and GCSE results will be released on 20th August at 9am.

The Bluefin Tuna Open Season has now recommenced. To date the total amount of Bluefin Tuna Thunnus thynnus landed this season stands at approximately 13.6 tonnes.

Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry for Heritage and Culture, has purchased a new series of books for the John Mackintosh Hall Library, to raise awareness about sustainability, dealing with themes related to environmental and social issues.

The Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo has written to His Excellency Mr Michel Aoun OM OMC to express his Government’s heartache and that of the People of Gibraltar, following the horrific and devastating explosions in the city of Beirut.

The World Health Organisation has advised that the demographic of people who are becoming infected with COVID-19 is younger than it was before. This has come about as a result of an increase in socialising particularly during the summer months in this part of the world.

As part of its strategy, the Government says it is widening the definition of domestic violence to include non-physical, economic abuse, controlling and coercive behaviour as part of developing the existing National Strategy on Domestic Abuse.