Monaco To Reopen Restaurants, Bars, Beaches, Casinos June 2, But Nightclubs, Gyms And Cinemas Will Have To Wait

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Monaco Minister of Finance and Economy Jean Castellini and Minister of Social Affairs and Health Didier Gamerdinger

Minister of Finance and Economy Jean Castellini and Minister of Social Affairs and Health Didier Gamerdinger announced Phase 3 of Monaco’s deconfinement. Photo: Michael Alesi/DC

Wednesday afternoon at the Ministry of State, the government provided details of Phase 3 of Monaco’s “Stop And Go” deconfinement strategy. Restaurants, bars, museums and casinos have all been given the green light to reopen on June 2, although they will be subjected to controls.

Each sector will have to abide by imposed safety measures. In restaurants, employees will need to wear masks and reservations will be mandatory. Tables, with individualized condiments, can seat up to 6 maximum, depending on the 1.5 meter distance between them or physical partitions. Menus can be displayed or in a digital version for smartphones. Oddly, a moderate musical atmosphere has been stipulated, and valet parking will have to ensure a strict disinfection protocol.

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For bars, all customers will have to be seated at tables of up to 6 and there can be no live music or karaoke.

Casinos and gaming rooms must respect social distancing, provide sufficient space between slot machines and gaming tables and systematically clean dice and chips.

Museums and exhibits will have to provide access with a one-way flow of visitors. Some cultural shows (for example, at Fort Antoine) and congress centers can reopen.

Sunbathing will be permitted on beaches (where currently only "active" activity is allowed), providing there is 1.5 meters between towels and mattresses, even within the same family.

Individual sports, including competitive swimming (but not recreational) will be permitted but collective and contact sports will be subjected to a discipline-by-discipline approval between the concerned federations and the Department of Health Action.

Gyms, however, will not reopen on June 2. Ditto for nightclubs, cinemas, and collective spas. Recreational pools will have to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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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.