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Following the Strategic Coordinating Group meeting held on Tuesday 9th March, a decision has been taken to allow the Civil Contingencies Emergency (Coronavirus) (Returning Scholarship Holders) (No.5) Regulations 2021 to cease to have effect as from Sunday 13th March 2021.

Visits to St Bernard’s Hospital and Ocean Views will resume next week and visitors will 'need to fully abide by the new measures in place to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19'.

Elderly Residential Services have said they are delighted to confirm that, following Public Health advice, visits to the residents in all ERS sites will be resumed as from Tuesday 16th March 2021.

The Chief Minister has today given notice of a Motion that he will move in Parliament setting the date for the Referendum on abortion to take place on Thursday 24th June 2021.

The Mayor’s Awards Committee met recently to consider nominations received from members of the public.

The Government has said it has noted with concern commentary on social media regarding the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Department (‘DVLD’) complaining that staff are not answering their telephone calls.

After a series of innovative works to allow access to the site, the Minister for Heritage, Professor John Cortes has officially re-opened the water cistern at Nuns’ Well.

Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, will hold a Spring Visual Arts Competition in May and June 2021 as part of the Gibraltar Spring Festival.

The official launch of the Futures Forward Academy, an initiative Office of the Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations, will take place on Thursday 11th of March at 4pm.

Today Monday 8th March 2021 is Commonwealth Day. This year Commonwealth Day is centered around the theme ‘delivering a common future’ between all 54 member countries and the wider number of territories of the Commonwealth.

In assessing the impact and lasting consequences for the tourism industry from the global COVID-19 pandemic, Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar says it has taken the view that, "as we emerge from a very difficult year for the leisure sector, it is essential to embark on a fresh drive to rebuild this vital part of our economy."

H.M Government of Gibraltar has today announced that The Hon Albert Isola, Minister for Digital and Financial Services, has been appointed a 2021 Ambassador for the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), a leading industry association for the blockchain technology industry.

The Minister for Health thanked the directors of Trends for their generous donation of 160,000 masks to the GHA COVID-19 response.

Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change, the Hon Prof John Cortes gave a keynote address at the opening session of a conference on the Environment in the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies on Tuesday, following the formal opening by Lord Zac Goldsmith, UK Minister of State for Pacific and the Environment.

A major landmark exhibition organised by Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture was opened today by The Minister for Culture, the Hon Prof John Cortes MP.

The Department of Education said it was delighted to welcome its staff and pupils back into its schools and educational settings last week.

HM Government’s Digital Services team is working with the GHA IT Department on a new App for the GHA which will in addition to developing other functionality hold data on COVID-19 Vaccinations and COVID-19 Tests carried out by the holder for the purposes of being able to verify these.

The autumn to early spring is the best time to plant out trees in our Mediterranean climate, when cooler weather and rainfall help to get them established.

As a result of the travel restrictions in effect in the United Kingdom, students returning to University currently need to book a COVID Test package through UK. This consists of booking two COVID Tests via the UK Government website and should be arranged as part of their travel plans.

The Chief Minister will resume his weekly community meetings in and around Gibraltar in the first week of May 2021. These community focused meetings follow on from last year’s initiative which was unfortunately cut short due to the pandemic.