The number of active cases of coronavirus continues to creep up in Gibraltar and, amid concerns over the evolution of the Delta variant, the government has decided to cancel the fair this summer and the Saturday Night Live events, both of which attract large numbers of residents and visitors from outside Gibraltar, many of whom are young and not yet vaccinated against the virus.
The National Day concert will also be recorded and televised again this year, as it was in 2020.
In a statement, the government said this had been a decision made "with considerable sadness" but that a cautious, prudent and responsible approach was necessary.
At the moment, only large events have been cancelled; smaller, ticketed events where entry is controlled and those attending have to be doubly vaccinated or test negative for the virus on the day can still go ahead for the moment, although the situation will be kept under review.
The government has been advised by health experts to take action now or face a continuing increase in the number of positive cases, which, it has been estimated, could soon hit 70 a week. It is also important, they say, to be aware of the impact of new variants like the Delta B, which was originally identified in Nepal.
Yesterday, Thursday 8 July, there were 40 active cases in total after another seven people tested positive: three visitors and four residents. Four had been doubly vaccinated, one had received a single dose of the vaccine and two were unvaccinated.