Prince Albert has decided to continue easing current health measures by ending curfew and expanding access to restaurants and bars starting Saturday, June 26.
Although curfew is being lifted on the eve of the summer vacation period, health authorities are emphasizing the importance of maintaining vigilance as the first cases of the Delta variant have been observed in Monaco, as in the neighboring region, as people return from travels. The Provence-Alpes-Cote-Azur region is the third most affected region by the Indian variant in France.
In recent days, the spread of the Covid in Monaco has been traced mostly to private gatherings, where social distancing was not observed by people who were not vaccinated and the government is once again appealing to the public to get vaccinated. From Monday, the vaccination campaign will be extended to all public sector personnel.
The national vaccination center has been moved from the Grimaldi Forum to Auditorium Rainier III and from Thursday, July 1, the national screening center will close at Espace Léo Ferré and also relocate to the auditorium.
As a Health Pass is being implemented in Monaco and EU countries (EU digital Covid certificates are now available), it has also been decided to open restaurants and bars to all customers regardless of origins. “In order to ensure maximum health security in the Principality, people wishing to go to a restaurant must have a Health Pass or equivalent document allowing them to check their vaccination status, their negative test result or their recovery certificate,” the government has stated.
However, this does not apply to Monegasques, Monaco residents and employees, or residents of the Alpes-Maritimes and the Liguria region, although these people must have a document proving their residence.
While France is set to reopen nightclubs from July 9, Monaco has not made any decisions.
Eight positive cases were reported tonight in Monaco although only one non-resident is in hospital. 37 people are being followed by the Home Patient Monitoring Center.
As of Thursday, June 24, 19,842 people (51.74% of the population or 57.62% of the population aged 12+ who are eligible for vaccination) have had a first injection. 16,767 people (or 84.50% of those who received the first injection) have had both doses.
In France, 32,251,464 people (48.14% of the population) have received one shot ,while 18,734,028 (27.96% of those who received the first injection) have had both.
In the Alpes-Maritimes, 559,123 people—or 50.94% of the department—have had at least one shot.
The Lancett medical journal has reported on how vaccinations are resisting the Indian variant. In preventing hospitalizations, Pfizer is 96% effective for people who have both shots. For AstraZeneca, the number is 92%. The figures are lower in effectiveness against symptoms: 88% for Pfizer (32% with only one shot) and 60% with AstraZeneca (30% with one shot).