Masks Now Mandatory In Some Outdoor Spots In Monaco, Covid Alert Level Rises In Alpes-Maritimes

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Masks Now Mandatory In Some Outdoor Spots In Monaco, Covid Alert Level Rises In Alpes-Maritimes

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As five new Covid cases have been confirmed in Monaco Tuesday, the government has announced extended Covid measures concerning the wearing of masks in public spaces outdoors.

From Wednesday, August 12, wearing a mask is now obligatory at Place du Palais and the back streets of Monaco-Ville, at Place du Casino and on the esplanade of the Fontvieille shopping center. “As these places are very busy this summer season and social distancing cannot be ensured, additional vigilance should be taken to ensure the health safety of all people who go there.”

Monaco  has reported that 15 people tested positive with coronavirus from last Wednesday to Tuesday, with two of the cases sourced from within the Principality.

According to Public Health France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Sud is the only region to see the virus reproduction rate—the average number of people one person infects—rise above 1.5 (1.71 on August 4 versus 1.44 the week before). One of the most affected groups is 20 to 40 year olds but overall the situation is “not that of the darkest days of the pandemic.”

In Nice, 19 of 60 rugby players at a training camp tested positive and a 40-meter yacht that reportedly rents for €180,000/week was placed in quarantine as one person aboard tested positive.

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Nancy Heslin is an established journalist and lifestyle writer. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Monaco magazine (bimonthly in English) , since the magazine's 2nd issue . Launched in November 2018, Forbes Monaco is part of the Forbes family, with its 7 million readers and 71 million monthly website visitors worldwide.