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Gibraltar 2021 Public Holidays Announced

Source: Government of Gibraltar Press Office (Gibraltar)
Posted: Friday, October 30, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: October 21, 2021

The Government of Gibraltar has issued the "Bank And Public Holidays Order 2020" (LN. 2020/377), which specifies the official list of annual Gibraltar bank holidays and non-working public holidays in Gibraltar for the upcoming calendar year 2021 ("It is hereby declared that holidays set out in the Schedule shall be Bank and Public Holidays in the year 2021").

The aforementioned legislation ("In exercise of the powers conferred on it by section 2(3) of the Banking and Financial Dealings Act and by section 58 of the Interpretation and General Clauses Act, and of all other enabling powers, the Government has made the following Order"), sets forth the bank holidays and public holidays for Gibraltar in the calendar year 2021.

The list of 2021 bank holidays and public holidays in Gibraltar contain a few noteworthy departures from the expected norm.

First, the date of the annual Commonwealth Day public holiday is moved from March, as set out in the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1973-20, to February, probably due to the occurrence of the 2021 commonwealth games.

It then maintains the Workers' Memorial Day public holiday on April 28, 2021, a mid-week date, despite the clear statement when the public holiday was created, by Chief Minister Picardo, that the new annual non-working public holiday, based on April 28, would have "a corresponding bank holiday on the nearest Monday" (2012-03-03 and 2012-01-05).

Finally, a day in lieu public holiday was declared on Monday, May 3, 2021, despite the fact that the current government had sworn that the May Day holiday would be observed on May 1st, "this year and every year that we are in government, the 1st of May will be a bank holiday" (2012-01-05), after years of wrangling between unions who wanted the public holiday to be set on May 1st, and the business community who wanted it to be set on the first Monday in May, to align with the corresponding public holiday in the United Kingdom (2018-10-29, 2017-11-21, 2016-11-15, 2015-11-02, 2012-03-03, 2014-11-01, 2013-11-02 and 2012-10-28).

Note that, earlier this month, a document purporting to be from HM Government of Gibraltar, had been circulated, containing an incorrect date for the Queen's Birthday public holiday in 2021.

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