Following Friday's confirmation of the first coronavirus case in Monaco, health authorities have launched an appeal to anyone who was at Slammers Bar on February 23 between 3:30-5 p.m.
In a notice publsihed on Sunday, March 1, the government affirmed, “A person present at Slammers Bar during a rugby match on 23/02/2020 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. resulted positive for COVID-19.” The statement added that while “the risk of the infection spreading is minimal” anyone who was at Slammers last Sunday during that time should take their temperature twice a day. In the case of fever, sore throat, coughing, muscular pain or shortness of breath, individuals are advised to stay home and call 18 (Monaco) or 15 (France.)
For Monaco’s international community, Slammers at 6 Rue Suffren Reymond is a local fixture for watching live sports broadcasts and the pub hosts a street party following for the annual St Tropez-Monaco charity bike in support of the Princess Charlene Foundation. (This year’s ride is on April 26.)
Meanwhile, Monaco has yet to cancel any major events but this Saturday’s Monaco Anime Game International Conferences (MAGIC), which includes numerous participants from Japan and is held at the Grimaldi Forum, could be the first. An announcement from the event organizer, Cedric Biscay, founder of Monaco-based Shibuya Productions, is expected on Monday as the government has advised against visitors coming from regions most affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
As of 2 p.m. Monday, there are 9 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including a three-year-old, in the Alpes-Maritimes region, and 132 total for all of France.