Monaco Reduces Isolation Period, Extends Health Pass

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Monaco Reduces Isolation Period, Extends Health Pass

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UPDATED January 13:  The government has announced new measures regarding the extension of the health pass as well as a reduction in the time required for isolation.

From January 17, people who work in services “crucial to the functioning of the state” will have to provide a health pass. This affects both the public and private sectors, including banks, energy and water supppliers, and telecoms companies. “The objective is to ensure that the epidemic rebound does not disrupt services essential to the proper functioning of the Principality of Monaco,” the government said in a statement. See list below of companies.

From Saturday January 8, groups eating at restaurants will be limited to 8 instead of 12 per table with a distance of 1.5 meters between tables. For events, the number of people will be limited to 2,000.

Isolation periods for those testing positive for Covid or contact cases has been reduced from 10 days to 7 days. Anyone who tests positive is to isolate for 7 days. Barrier gestures (hand washing, social distancing, etc) should then be reinforced for 5 days after isolation.

Anyone vaccinated or non-vaccinated who is low-risk contact case does not have to isolate. For those vaccinated, a PCR or antigen test should be taken two days after contact and self-tests are recommended four and six days after contact. For those not vaccinated, a PCR or antigen test should be taken three days after contact and self-tests are recommended four and six days after contact. In both cases, barrier gestures (hand washing, social distancing, etc) should be reinforced for 12 days after contact.

A high-risk unvaccinated contact case or an unvaccinated person living in the same household as someone who has tested positive case must isolate for five or seven days and  have a PCR or antigen test on day 5 or 7 respectively. Barrier gestures (hand washing, social distancing, etc) should be reinforced for 12 days after.

From Monday January 17 in Monaco, anyone whose work is essential to the business continuity of certain companies or public entities providing essential services to the population will have to present a health pass. This extension is not intended for all salaried personnel of these public or private entities and it is up to managers to define internally the personnel eligible for the health pass. The entities concerned with the extension of the health pass from next Monday are:

- Ministry of State
- National council
- Directorate of Judicial Services
- Ministerial Departments
- Embassy of Monaco in France
- Town hall
- Monaco Digital Security Agency
- General Control of Expenses
- Prince’s Carabinieri Corps
- Interministerial Delegation in charge of Digital Transition
- Department of Health Action
- Department of Urban Planning
- Directorate of Civil Aviation
- Communications management
- Directorate of Public Security
- Department of Maritime Affairs
- Department of Platforms and Digital Resources
- Department of Digital Services
- Management information systems
- Department of Public Works.
- Directorate of Budget and Treasury
- Maintenance Service for Public Buildings
- Public Parking Service
- General Treasury of Finances
- Banks.
- Monaco Bus Company
- Mediterranean Pharmaceutical Counter
- LTP Technologies
- Monaco Digital
- Monaco Telecom
- Monaco Ports Operating Company
- Monegasque Sanitation Company
- Monegasque Electricity and Gas Company
- Monegasque Water Company

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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.