On Thursday afternoon, Prince Albert announced via a statement from the palace that wearing a mask outdoors will no longer be mandatory in some parts of Monaco from Saturday, June 19, but the curfew stays in place from midnight to 6 a.m.
There are exceptions: a mask is still necessary in Place du Palais and the alleyways of the old town, Place du Casino and around the Carré d’Or, the Fontvieille shopping center esplanade, the Condamine, the Monte-Carlo markets during operating hours and also “the areas of access to public transport,” in particular bus stops and train station platforms, plus the areas of access to schools.
The press release said the decision was made “despite the increase in incidence and positivity rates observed over the past 10 days but to avoid a pause in the gradual easing of health restrictions.”
The statement also indicated that the Prince will assess the situation next week “to define the measures likely to be taken with the double objective of protecting the health of the population and to meet the expectations of the players in the economy, particularly those linked to tourism activities.”
There have been 29 positive cases in Monaco over the last seven days. Two non-residents are in hospital while another is in ICU and 35 people are now being followed by the Home Patient Monitor Center.
In France, as of today, people are no longer required to wear masks outdoors, with the exception of areas of large groups (markets, events, etc) and curfew ends Sunday, June 20 (the final night of curfew will be Saturday) just in time for regional elections.