Gibraltar closes all bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs from 8pm each night to fight Coronavirus

AS the Moroccan Government suspended passenger ferries between Morocco and Gibraltar leaving some Gibraltar families marooned, the Gibraltar Government has offered them assistance in trying to get them home.

It has also made the difficult decision to close all bars, restaurants and nightclubs from 8pm nightly, starting today (Friday March 13) as a measure to slow the spread of coronavirus and a legal notice to that effect has been published.

A further decision may be taken over the course of the coming hours and days to close these establishments completely at some time in the future.

It argues that Public Health evidence indicates that social distancing is the single most important measure that can be taken and can slow the spread of the virus by up to 60 per cent.

Takeaways and delivery services from all bars, cafeterias and restaurants will be allowed to continue as normal but customers are strongly advised to maintain a distance of at least an arm’s length in any queues and to maintain strict hand hygiene practices, washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.

The Government strongly recommends using delivery services as a preferred option. Where possible, customers should pay electronically and ask delivery services to knock and leave the delivery at the door for pickup.

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John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page


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