Monaco Avoids Lockdown: Non-Essentials Closed Until Further Notice

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From midnight on Saturday, March 14, all public places “not essential to the life of the country” in Monaco have been closed until further notice.

“Faced with the progression of the Covid-19 epidemic in the countries bordering the Principality,” only food stores and markets, pharmacies, tobacco and news outlets, gas stations, banks, and places of worship will remain open. However, people are not banned from leaving their homes.

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All other commercial establishments—sports centers and pools, shops, casinos, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, concert halls and nightclubs—must adhere to the new measures.

In response to the indefinite closure of restaurants, Kate Powers tells Forbes Monaco, “We want to help end this dilemma as soon as possible so we can get back to doing what we do best—bringing people together in a happy, healthy, fun-loving place.”

The emergency act comes hours after two of the EU's biggest states, France and Spain, announced sweeping restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

In neighboring France, where 91 people have died, the closure of public places and non-essential services will not apply to the first round of municipal elections on Sunday. Voters have been advised to bring their own pen to sign the voting register.

Spain, Europe's worst-hit country after Italy with 191 deaths, follows Italy's lead and has banned people from leaving home, except for buying essential supplies and medicines, or for work.