Monaco Restaurant Sanctioned, French Launch Study Linking Nicotine To Covid Infection Rates

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Monaco Restaurant Sanctioned, French Launch Study Linking Nicotine To Covid Infection Rates

Photo: Quai des Artistes Facebook 

While the number of confirmed Covid cases daily in Monaco has dropped this week from 18 to 22 to between three and eight, Prince Albert stated on Tuesday that Public Security is carrying out controls at restaurants to ensure health rules are being respected.

His comments follow the closure of Quai des Artistes, which has been shut down from November 16 to 23. A notice on the restaurant’s door states “due to noise pollution and customers dancing on the bar without a mask in the bar part of le Bar du Quai covered terrace.” The restaurant remains open while the terrace will reopen November 24.

The administrative closure is linked, according to Monaco-Matin, to an incident at 10 p.m. on October 29 on the bar’s covered terrace involving loud music, customers standing without masks, a lack of respect for social distancing of a meter and a half, and people dancing on the bar.”

Under the current curfew restrictions in effect since November 1, all restaurants in Monaco must be closed by 9:30 p.m.

In France, non-essentials shops and services could reopen November 28 as the minister of economy Bruno Le Maire confirmed yesterday that Black Friday in France has been officially postponed to December 4.

The Federation of Commerce and Distribution Companies, the Federation of Associated Commerce Brands and the Federation of E-Commerce and Distance Selling have all agreed that their members—which include Amazon France, Casino, Carrefour, Fnac Darty, Décathlon, Leroy Merlin and Conforama—will launch their Black Friday sales a week after the official date of November 27.

President Macron will speak on Tuesday, November 25, at 8 p.m., nearly a month after he put the country back into confinement. There have been rumors of a four-stage “gradual” easing or “adapted” confinement, which could include prolonged curfews into the New Year, but prime minister Castex has made it clear over the past week that attestations aren’t going anywhere.

And AP-HP Paris Hospitals will launch a national study to determine whether wearing a nicotine patch prevents people from being infected by Covid. Over four to five month, 1,600 people will wear either nicotine or placebo patches.

“French epidemiological data show a significantly lower rate of active smokers in the Covid-19 population than in the general population,” they claim. But, they emphasize, this is not a reason to start smoking as “tobacco kills much more than it protects.”

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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.