Gibraltar, North Africa and Europe’s gateway to the Mediterranean, has returned to normal life by vaccinating more than 90 percent of its adult population. In this context, the obligation to wear masks on the streets was lifted, and cafes and restaurants were allowed to operate at full capacity. Gibraltar, where life has largely returned to normal, is already a tourist attraction.
Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory and North Africa and Europe’s gateway to the Mediterranean, became one of the first places in the world to vaccinate most of its adult population. Gibraltar, which vaccinated more than 90 of its adult population with the Pfizer / BioNtech vaccine, has largely returned to normal life as much of the world struggles with renewed restrictions and increasing cases.
While the signs on the streets warning people to wear masks were removed, workplaces were allowed to remain open until 2 am.
Then, cafes, bars and restaurants are filled with people again, and no doubt everyone is making up for lost time. Now, young people reunite over coffee with groups of friends in tourist areas, birthday parties are held in various restaurants and rituals are held in the Cathedral of St Mary of the Crown.
Iain Ballantine, who runs the Timeout café and bake with The Bake and Takeisiimli in the center of Gibraltar, said that he was happy with the boom in the tourism industry since the restrictions were lifted. They are starting to appear again slowly because they think we are.
Named “Freedom of Operation” by the country’s Minister of Health Samantha Sacramento, Gibraltar’s journey to normalization began in early March. Last weekend, the obligation to wear a mask was lifted, except for government offices, public transport and shops.
However, more than 90 percent of adults living in Gibraltar, a population of 33,000, got their first dose of vaccine, and the second dose is expected to end, with the exception of 3 percent who refuse to be vaccinated in the coming days. It is hoped that the pandemic will end in a short time in the region with a population of 34 thousand, which has recorded 4 thousand 274 cases and 94 deaths due to Covid-19 so far.
On the other hand, non-Gibraltar citizens and workers in key sectors were also included in Gibraltar’s vaccination program. Clara Luise Manzano, a health worker in Spain and a visitor to Gibraltar, expressed her gratitude to the people of the region for getting vaccinated in such a short time. “I take it off when I come to,” he said.