Gibraltar’s government has tightened some restrictions across the nation following a new rise in confirmed cases of COVID-19. The sudden rise could spark concern for those due to go on holiday to the British Overseas Territory in the coming weeks.
The new restrictions will impact large events, and see vaccine or testing rules applied to restaurants and nightclubs.
Gibraltar has held its position on the green list for travel since May 17.
This means travellers do not need to self-isolate upon their return to the UK regardless of their vaccination status. They are also only subject to one pre-departure test and a PCR test on day two of their arrival in the UK.
However, if the nation follows in the footsteps of previously green countries such as Portugal and the Balearics, a rise in cases could coincide with a swift move to the amber list.
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The Government urged establishments to be “cautious in the events that they hold” and “to strictly control numbers”.
It also asked owners to “ensure” they followed the testing and vaccination rules.
Leaders said they were “saddened” that restrictions had to be enforced once again, but had to “respond to the rapid growth in COVID-19 cases, in particular, recent hospitalisation”.
Legislation is not yet being considered to legally rule nightclubs and catering establishments follow the requested regulations.
This was due to its small population size of roughly 33,700 people as of 2019.
By comparison, the UK is home to around 66 million people and has vaccinated around 70 percent of its adult population.
All businesses, including non-essential shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, gyms, hairdressers and salons reopened in Gibraltar on April 1, 2021.
It has welcomed back UK tourists since May and provides a free COVID-19 test for arrivals entering the country.