Further Details About Holidays in Monaco

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Further Details About Holidays in Monaco

Minister of the interior, Patrice Cellario, minister of state Pierre Dartout and minister of social affairs and health, Didier Gamerdinger. Photo: Manuel Vitali/DC

Fifteen cases were confirmed Friday (in addition to 15 yesterday) and Monaco-Matin has reported that there are at least eight cases of Covid in the pediatric department at Princess Grace Hospital Center. Pediatricians, including the deputy head of service, and caregivers have reportedly tested positive.

Following Prince Albert’s address last night, minister of state Pierre Dartout has provided further details about Covid protocol and curfew in Monaco over the holidays.

A reminder, on December 24, curfew will take effect from 11:30 p.m, however it remains at 8 p.m. on December 31, and all public gatherings are prohibited on these two days.

Restaurants remain open until 9:30 p.m. (including December 24) and exceptionally until 10:30 p.m. on December 31.

Lunch service (daily 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) on December 25 and January 1 can continue until 4 p.m.

On New Year’s Eve, border controls will begin from 7 p.m. and only residents, workers or visitors with a confirmed hotel reservation in Monaco will be able to enter the country.

From tomorrow, gyms (except combat sports) and swimming pools can reopen in compliance with health measures put in place under the previous deconfinement and groups are limited to five people including a coach. School sports, on the other hand, can resume from January 4 again, adhering to a strict health protocol.

Since December 16, 2,000 tests have been carried out weekly with campaigns targeting university students, residents and employees, as well as teachers and younger pupils.

A national vaccination plan is under development and set to be unveiled at the start of the school year pending validation from the European Medicines Agency. For this non-mandatory and free vaccination campaign, three groups have been identified as priority: over-75s, over-65s and medical and healthcare staff. The vaccination center will be open at the Espace Léo Ferré in the presence of doctors and pharmacists, with mandatory appointments made at the Covid Center.

Wearing a mask continues to be compulsory everywhere in public spaces and the extension of working from home in the context of the health emergency has been extended until March 31.

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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.