Italian Residents Continue To Cross Border To Work In Monaco

Italian French border

Photo: Nancy Heslin

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Monday, March 9, that in a bid to contain the coronavirus he was extending the travel ban already in place in the 16 provinces in northern Italy to cover all of the country. This means the more than 60 million people living in Italy face travel restrictions, unless it’s essential for work, or for health or family emergencies.

In Monaco, the government confirmed Tuesday morning that the new restrictions would not apply to the 4,200 “transalpine” employees in both the private and public sectors in the Principality, who will be able to continue crossing the border to make the daily commute to work.

The Monaco government said it has been in contact with the Italian authorities in order “to measure the scope of these decisions,” and that the majority of Italian nationals working in Monaco come from the Ventimiglia region, an area that has never been identified in high-risk areas.

Surprisingly, the prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes has also confirmed that the Franco-Italian borders will remain open and access to France will not be restricted.

Meanwhile, the annual Bal de Rose in Monaco has been postponed, most likely until the end of the year, and Zeljko Franulovic, Director of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, has told Forbes Monaco that an announcement will be made within 24 hours about the April 13-19 tournament, which takes on place on French soil.

On Monday, the French health minister Olivier Véran declared a ban of all events of over 1,000 people in France, but did not clarify for how long it will take affect. The previous ban on gatherings of over 5,000 ran until April 15.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire cautioned, also on Monday, that the spread of the coronavirus means economic growth would likely fall short of the 1.3 percent of GDP expected in 2020.