By John Smith • 17 March 2020 • 16:16
THE decision made by the Spanish Government to close its Schengen borders primarily between mainland France and Portugal is not considered to be in any way a political and aggressive stance with regards to Gibraltar.
Those moving into Spain at those borders may only do so if returning residents of Spain cross frontier workers and those requiring to travel for reasons of force majeure.
Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said: “I am satisfied that the measures being adopted are not applicable to our frontier and are not therefore politically motivated against us.
“They are the application to Spain’s existing internal Schengen frontiers of what is already applicable throughout the territory of Spain to all Spanish citizens already and at our frontier.
“We have had it confirmed that workers needing to come across the frontier will be able to do so. We advise them to have copies of their employment contracts with them if possible. Additionally, we are also satisfied that there will be no effect on the supply of goods across the frontier for our supermarkets and grocers and, most importantly, for our Health Authority.”
Gibraltar continues to act to try to stop the spread of Coronavirus on the Rock and has now banned those over 70 from going out unless it is for food or medicine or to visit the bank or a medical centre in an effort to ensure that they, considered the most vulnerable, are kept safe.
It is also suggested that Gibraltarians should not hold traditional wakes at mortuaries in the event of the loss of a relation and that only close relatives should attend funerals.
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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.
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