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Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry for Culture, and the Fine Arts Association are working together on a cultural initiative encouraging Gibraltarian artists to paint or draw portraits of our frontline heroes.

The Gibraltar Regulatory Authority has today published a guidance note which provides information and guidance on the use of contact tracing applications and location data in the fight against COVID-19.

On International Dance Day the Minister for Culture John Cortes has issued the following statement:

"Today is a day when we must pause to reflect about the lives lost at work. About the families of those who have left home in the morning to work and have not returned."

Due to COVID-19 the Government of Gibraltar confirmed by press release, dated 16th March 2020, the cancellation of the Workers Memorial Day Ceremony in its traditional format.

The Cabinet met today and decided to relax the lockdown rules which apply to those persons over 70. This is based on medical and public health advice and it follows consultation between the Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

This year, Mental Health week falls on 18th May to 22nd May and Clubhouse Gibraltar have activities planned for every one of those days. "In our endeavour to continue to provide Mental Health awareness and promote the services we are providing despite the restrictions, we have designed our Mental Health Week activities to be available through social media. This will help save lives and improve the quality of life for those who are affected by mental health problems."

Gibraltar Cultural Services and GAMPA wish to announce the programme of events that will feature online as from Monday 27th April 2020.

Public Health Gibraltar is set to launch its new campaign CovidFit to ensure the community are best informed about the choices they make when isolating in their homes during these unprecedented times.

The Liberian flagged bulk carrier “Captain Tassos D” called into Gibraltar yesterday with one crew member suffering from a severe medical condition which required immediate medical attention.

On Thursday 23rd April, at 10am the Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA) carried out a COVID-19 simulation exercise. The purpose of this live exercise, using volunteers as patients, was to evaluate the preparedness and response mechanisms for managing a potential COVID-19 outbreak.

Further to Government’s initiative to further extend the isolation capacity at Mount Alvernia, Elderly Residential Services (ERS) have announced the commissioning of a new Isolation Unit.

The Department of Environment & Climate Change, working with the Environmental Agency and UK air quality experts Ricardo, reports that the air quality around Gibraltar has continued to show improvement following the lockdown.

A special ‘THANKS' postcard is being delivered this week free of charge to all Gibraltar addresses.

Government has today announced that it has published the Appropriation (Business Employee Assistance Terms COVID-19) Regulations 2020. These regulations, informally known as the BEAT COVID-19 Regulations, set out the regulatory framework for the application, payment and management of the BEAT COVID-19 measure first announced by the Chief Minister in his emergency budget address of 20 March 2020.

Work by the Department of Environment & Climate Change continues during this time. Significant amounts of seaweed that had washed up at Western Beach and Sandy Bay, as a result of the recent Easterly swell, have been removed by Britannia Cleaning Services.

It has become apparent that one of the activities families in ‘lockdown’ are engaged in is Lego, particularly the younger generation.

Today, two representatives from Gibtelecom’s marketing team donated twenty iPad Mini’s to the Government.

Mr Nigel Acris of Medicare Gibraltar, donated 24 ipads and 10 Samsung tablets to the Care Agency.

There has been a confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 at the Children’s Health Centre (CHC) in Europort. The facility was closed for a deep clean and decontamination. This is now complete and it will re-open tomorrow as usual.