Monaco Under Coronavirus Confinement “Until Further Notice”
UPDATE: Further details about Monaco's confinement measures will made live on the Gouvernement Monaco Facebook page on Wednesday, March 18, at 10:30 a.m.
Prince Albert made a televised address to Monegasques and residents of Monaco on Tuesday, March 17, at 8 p.m. declaring a home confinement period “until further notice” in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Nine cases, including minister of state Serge Telle, have been confirmed in the Principality,
Effective from midnight, and following measures of neighboring countries, including France who announced a 15-day lockdown yesterday, all movements within the Principality will be restricted and construction sites temporarily halted.
No movement outside the home will be permitted except for essential grocery shopping, or to go to a doctor or hospital appointment. For the most part, travel for work is non-permitted except for those working the healthcare sector (nurses, pharmacists...). A work justicatif will be needed.
Although few details were offered, the Prince said, “I count on all of you to adapt a responsible attitude. Taking care of yourself means taking care of others.”
French nationals, who may be working or living in Monaco, will have to chose their primary or secondary residence, in either country, as an appropriate containment zone.
On Monday evening, Monaco’s minister of finance and economy Jean Castellini announced that the State will counter-guarantee €50 million to banks in the Principality who are approached by companies in financial difficulty as a result of the Covid-19 measures. “Our goal is to prevent bankruptcies by relieving the cash flow of troubled businesses,” said the minister.