Monaco Curfew Extended, Preparations For Grand Prix To Begin Thursday

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Monaco Curfew Extended, Preparations For Grand Prix To Begin Thursday

2019 Grand Prix. Photo: Nancy Heslin

Prince Albert has extended all current health measures in the Principality until March 19 inclusive.

This includes the 7 pm to 6 am curfew, which was set to end on February 19, but will now continue for an additional four weeks. Ditto for an extension of rules applying to working from home and restaurants, the latter of which can only serve between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m to residents, employees and students in Monaco by reservation with a maximum of 6 per table.

Between February 8 and 14, there were 5,422 tests carried out with a positivity rate of 5.68% and figures show that the virus is still actively circulating in Monaco. The rate of incidence last week, 276 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over 7 days, is back down to what it was in December. This declining trend applies also to hospital admissions, however, patient numbers remain high with 54 people currently being treated.

Once again, data indicates that more than half of all contaminations in Monaco come from private homes and the government is asking residents “to exercise caution and limit these gatherings as much as possible” while respecting social distancing in the family setting, using hand sanitizer, ventilating the room and not sharing cutlery or glasses.

Preparations for the Monaco Grand Prix, the Historic Monaco Grand Prix and the Monaco E-Prix, which will take place from April 23 to May 23, are set to begin tomorrow.

The urban planning department will be launching a two-phase asphalt repair operation on part of the circuit, as well as other areas of the city, starting with the planning of the upper part of the roadway to a depth of 5 cm and then laying the new layer of asphalt.

This year the work will impact: Allée des stands (Quai Albert Ier); Avenue de Fontvieille; Boulevard du Jardin Exotique; Boulevard Albert Ier; Quai des Etats-Unis; Darse North; and the Louis II tunnel.

Allée des stands (Quai Albert Ier): Road planing on Thursday, February 18 from 9 am to 5 pm with paving from 8 pm Thursday, February 18 to 6 am Friday.

Avenue de Fontvieille: Road planing from 8 pm Monday, February 22 to 6 am Tuesday with paving from 8 pm Monday, February 22 to 6 am Tuesday and from 8 pm Tuesday, February 23 to 6 am Wednesday.

Boulevard du Jardin Exotique: Road planing from 8 pm Tuesday, February 23 to 6 am Wednesday and from 8 pm Wednesday, February 24 to 6 am Thursday with paving from 8 pm Wednesday, February 24 to 6 am Thursday and from 8 pm Thursday, February 25 to 6 am Friday.

Boulevard Albert I: Road planning from 8 pm Monday, March 1 to 6 am Tuesday with paving from 8 pm Tuesday, March 2 to 6 am Wednesday.

Avenue of Spélugues: Road planning from 8 pm Wednesday, March 3 to 6 am Thursday with paving from 8 pm Thursday, March 4 to 6 am Friday.

Quai des Etats-Unis and Darse Nord: Road planning from 8 pm Monday, March 8 to 6 am Tuesday and from 8 pm Tuesday March, 9 to 6 am Wednesday with paving from 8 pm Tuesday, March 9 to 6 am Wednesday.

Louis II tunnel: Road planning from 8 pm Wednesday, March 10 to 6 am Thursday with paving from 8 pm Thursday, March 11 to 6 am Friday.

As well, from February 22, preparations for the installation of safety infrastructure, television broadcasts, public reception, and dedicated accesses and public pathways with assembly work starting on February 23 in the port area and on March 31 in Monte Carlo.

The MonaBike station at Place Sainte-Dévote will be moved to Promenade Honoré II from March 12 and the Parking des Pêcheurs station to another location yet to be determined from April 16.

Work will also impact at various times, Public Parking, Monaco and regional bus lines will be diverted from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. when necessary.

The 12th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique takes place Friday, April 23 to Sunday, April 25, followed by the Monaco E-Prix on May 8 4th with the 78th Grand Prix de Monaco taking Thursday, May 20 to Sunday, May 23.

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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.