Monaco reported no new coronavirus cases Tuesday. Of the 95 confirmed cases, 50 have now recovered completely and only 24 are being supervised under the Home Patient Monitoring Center. Four people have died, although only one was a Monaco resident.
As Prince Albert announced last night, “We can envisage ending this strict lockdown on Monday, May 4 at 6 a.m.”
More details have now been provided as to how Monaco intends to progressively ease its lockdown measures, which will have been in place for 49 days on May 4, what minster of finance and economy Jean Castellini referred to as a “Stop And Go” method. There will be three stages, and if the previous phase works then they will keep going to the next.
Residents can move freely, no more than 5 people
First and foremost, minister of state Serge Telle confirmed that from May 4 residents “can move freely, without restrictions and without justification.”
The minister, who himself had coronavirus, added that “we have to work to live with this virus that no one really knows about.” As such, residents will have to adapt their work, way of life and social life to the virus and not the other way around.
This means physical distancing of at least 1.5 meters, hand washing and hand sanitizing will become the norm, and there will be no public gatherings of more than five people.
Wearing a mask is recommended in public spaces and compulsory on public transport and in shops (wearing gloves is not). Masks are now available for purchase at a range of stores in Monaco. As well, surgical masks (€2.50) and FFP2 (€7.50) can be purchased from pharmacies (a list of outlets can be found at www.covid19.mc).
As minister Castellini pointed out, “We cannot sacrifice the present and the future” so residents, employees and businesses must “collectively take back and control our lives.”
From May 4, all businesses will be authorized to reopen adhering to strict new health measures, which include posting how many people are allowed in a store, using floor arrows to direct in-store traffic, providing sanitizing gel and installing plexiglass for cashiers. One person per 4 square meters, including staff, will be permitted.
What will open May 4 (respecting social distancing and other above measures)
- all commerce (except restaurants and cafés)
- doctor’s offices, hairdressing salons and dentists by appointments only
- church services can resume
- delivery or takeaway can continue
- pleasure boating from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m but the border to Italy remains closed (and no cruise ships will be permitted)
- public transport will resume to normal service
- the heliport will partially reopen for charter and on-demand service
- construction sites, observing strict hygienic measures
- business offices can reopen but working from home and video conferences are recommended; offices can install plexiglass.
So what about “lieu divertissements” or places of entertainment—bars, restaurants, nightclubs and gyms? They will have to respect these new health measures and the government will take time to decide on how to proceed and when to reopen. Outdoor sports areas and playgrounds, beaches and pools will remain closed also until at least June.
Schools to reopen
Patrice Cellario, minister of the interior, explained the progressive reopening schedule regarding education from May 11, underlining again the strict health measures (as above) that will be in place for students, teachers and administrative staff.
- From May 11, 1ère and Terminale (Year 12 and Year 13), Brevet de technicien supérieur and technical classes will reopen.
- From May 18, 6ème and 3ème (Year 7 and Year 10). Years 8 and 9 will continue distance learning.
- From May 25, CP and CM2 (Year 2 and Year 6) will resume. Years 3, 4 and 5 will continue distance learning.
- Kindergarten classes will not continue.