19 Nov, 2021 @ 17:15
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Gibraltar denies that ‘Christmas is cancelled’ but warns caution is needed as infections rise

Grinch film publciity poster
Grinch film publciity poster

GIBRALTAR’S Chief Minister Fabian Picardo was forced to deny that Christmas had been cancelled on the Rock after sensationalist headlines claimed the government had done so in a panic over rising Covid-19 cases.

He turned to Twitter with a meme of the Grinch, the Dr Seuss character who stole Christmas, and wrote: “Surprised I even have to say this BUT Gibraltar has NOT cancelled Christmas.”

His statement came after the news made headlines in The Daily Express, The Evening Standard and Newsweek following a government press release that official Christmas events would be muted.

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A government statement earlier in the week had said: “In response to the exponential increase in the number of cases, the government intends, among other measures, to cancel a number of its own events, such as official Christmas parties, official receptions and other similar gatherings.

“It is essential that the public behave in a cautious and sensible manner as the pandemic continues to claim lives every day.”

Officials said citizens should “exercise their own judgement” on whether to hold Christmas events and it “strongly advises against” doing so in the next four weeks while the Covid booster scheme continues.

Several private companies have already cancelled parties as a precaution.


Fiona Govan

Fiona Govan joined The Olive Press in March 2021. She moved to Spain in 2006 to be The Daily Telegraph’s Madrid correspondent and then worked for six years as Editor of The Local Spain. She lives in Madrid’s Malasaña district with her dog Rufus.


  1. Truer words were never spoken. “It is essential that the public behave in a cautious and sensible manner as the pandemic continues to claim lives every day.” Except for the fact that… wait for it… the vaccines are now killing more people than covid. No really, ask the EU. The European Union Database of suspected drug reactions (EudraVigilance) is now reporting 29,934 fatalities and 2,804,900 injuries following covid-19 vaccination injections. The Gateway Pundit has the story and all the data, but it’s a waste of time typing links here (no copy or paste), so do a simple internet search and the truth will set you free.

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