Mediterranean banned, Metropole temporarily closed, Monaco cases stabilize

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UPDATE: I was controlled near the beginning of my run today. An incredibly informative French police office gave me the low down. “You cannot be further than a kilometer from home, and that includes running or any sport, otherwise you will be fined.” However, on Thuesday the Ministry of Sport specified that, during confinement, jogging is allowed but for a maximum distance of 2 km.

The Maritime Prefecture of the Mediterranean has released a press release banning all nautical activities in the Mediterranean Sea, effective until March 31, 2020.

It stated that all tourism or nautical boating, and water activities are prohibited to actively combat the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is in accordance with Decree No. 2020-260 of March 16, 2020 regulating all travel restrictions at sea and on land. All beaches across the coast have now been closed, too.

The Maritime Prefecture pointed out the need to focus their resources on other possible health interventions linked to the epidemic in progress.

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On land, as of Wednesday evening, the independently owned Hotel Metropole is one of the first hotels in Monaco to announce that they are temporarily closing their doors to fight against the spread of Covid-19.

The Monaco government also confirmed last night that there have been no new coronavirus cases reported in the Principality since Monday. Nine people, only three of which are believed to be women, are Covid-19 positive.

France reported a total of 264 deaths (up 89 from the previous day) and 9,134 people tested positive, including 110 cases on the Côte d'Azur. Some 4,095 people throughout the country had been fined for non-compliance of the confinement rules.

Nice city hall is contemplating shutting all access to the Promenade des Anglais, where people are out taking strolls, sunbathers on the beach or jogging too far from home.

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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.