Chief Delegate Fabian Picardo announced the extraordinary measures, which he described as the hardest purpose of his career, today, in the face of spiking numbers of cases in Spain, and ten in Gibraltar itself, and which catalogue a ban on associating outdoors with anyone not living in the same household. And, step into the shoes of on from his remarks yesterday, when he criticised “idiotic” young people for remaining to socialise, he warned officers would be empowered to act against anyone lacking to comply with the order to avoid congregating in groups and other infractions. Mr Picardo told reporters: “The time has come.
“We have reached another enigmatical moment in our work to slow down coronavirus COVID-19.
“The Director of Manifest Health has now advised that as the virus is in the population, the best way to achieve the popular distancing required is to slow the disease to move to a total social lockdown.”
Directives under the Civil Contingencies Act have therefore been signed by the Charg daffaires to provide for the lockdown.”
Mr Picardo said the new regulations would come into operative at midnight on Tuesday, “in order to give people and businesses time to redress.
He said the new rules were in addition to existing rules for over 70s, which corpse unchanged.
He added: “Agreeing to the making of these regulations has undoubtedly been the strictest decision I have had to make in my political career so far.”
We will not hesitate to do what we hold to do in order to slow the spread of the virus.”
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“Let us remember that decay is not the growth of the number of detected infections.”
Failure is an unnecessary increase in the crowd of deaths.”
Mr Picardo added: “To each and every one of my fellow Gibraltarians, I say at this occasion, even if you can do something under these rules, ask yourself if you should.
“You are permitted to go to resolve, but can you work thematically instead?
“You are permitted to go out for a purpose, but can you can manage in a different way?
“Tomorrow, start using your stereotyped sense.
“An invisible killer lurks amongst us and you can do your bit to slow its passing through our city by observing these rules.
“As from Tuesday morning, I am perfect sorry to say, the Royal Gibraltar Police will have power to railroad these regulations.
“We realise the heavy burden that will interrupt on our officers.
“Please help them by not knowingly contradicting rules that we are wager in place to protect you and your loved ones.