Alpes-Maritimes Risk Zone, Curfews, Drones

Alpes-Maritimes Risk Zone, Curfews, Drones

Photo: Christian Estrosi Facebook

UPDATE 7 p.m. The entire department of the Alpes-Maritimes is now under curfew from 10 p.m. to 5. a.m. effective from Saturday, March 21.

UPDATE 2 p.m.: Nice (11 p.m to 6 a.m.), Vallauris (10 p.m.), Menton and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (both 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) have imposed a curfew effective immediately. Mougins's curfew will begin Monday, March 23.

Last night, a new case of coronavirus was confirmed in Monaco, bringing the country’s total to twelve overall. However, it was also revealed that the first case, a twentysomething male who tested Covid-19 positive on February 28, had made a full recovery.

At the same time, the government finally announced closures to public parks and gardens, as well as access to the coast. Nevertheless, they have yet to limit the distance residents can be from their homes when they are out for groceries or physical exercise as they count on people to “respect the rules and civility.” This is a freedom that neighboring towns no longer have.

READ: New Case Of Coronavirus In Monaco, Public Areas And Coast Banned

In France, the Ministry of Sport stated Friday that during confinement period, "close to home" means you can be a maximum of distance of 2 kilometers from your home. There is a fine of €135 if you are outside the respected distance, and everyone is controlled.

As the Alpes-Maritimes department was classfied as a “risk exposure area” on Friday, recording three deaths (a 75 and 78 died Friday, and a 63-year-old died last Friday), the mayor of Nice, Christan Estrosi, who is also Covid-19 positive, announced a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. as of Saturday night (with a €38 fine). This will apply to everyone, except those who work at night, medical services and taxis. Also, he is banning groups of more than three people.

“Despite the confinement, I have seen irresponsible behavior in the whole country. It is up to the mayors to take measures according to local circumstances,” said the 64-year-old. The mayors of Vallauris-Golfe-Juan, Menton and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin have also imposed a curfew, also from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Mougins's curfew will begin Monday night.

Cannes has followed Nice’s lead and a drone with a loudspeaker is hovering over the city repeating two prerecorded messages: “movement is prohibited unless with exception” and "please respect safety distances".

The prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes, Bernard Gonzalez, also tested positive at Covid-19 on Friday. He said, “Symptoms gradually appeared. It started with tingling in the throat, then a cough that got stronger and stronger, and finally a temperature that rapidly accelerated.”

Two first deaths linked to coronavirus in the Var department were announced as two people passed away on Thursday.

France's national postal service, La Poste, has suspended delivery service this weekend but is scheduled to resume Monday.