Monaco Update: Remote Working, Gym Closures, Vaccinations

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Monaco Update: Remote Working, Gym Closures, Vaccinations

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As the circulation of Covid remains highly active in Monaco with 30 cases confirmed tonight, the government is recommending working from home, as much as possible, in the private and public sectors until further notice.

From the end of the week, all administrative departments will work remotely while staying open to the public.

For the private sector, any employee that does not require a physical presence in the workplace in order to do his or her job must be carried out remotely.

Monaco’s testing capacity is now 16,000 per 100,000 inhabitants per week and from December 28 to January 3, 7,000 PCR and antigen tests were carried out with a 7.66% positivity rate. The government is encouraging every resident or employee who went abroad to get tested. (Appointments at call center +377 92 05 55 00).

The government also suggests that any resident testing positive should consider staying in a hotel to avoid inner-family contamination, which has been higher since Christmas Eve. The fourth Monaco resident died from Covid on Saturday, a week after testing positive and being hospitalized at Princess Grace hospital. This is the first death since mid-November.

From January 2, access to Monaco restaurants has been restricted to only residents, employees and hotel clients and now it has been announced that gyms and swimming pools will be closed for three weeks, reopening January 28. For sports practice, coaches can provide private lessons limited to one person (indoors and out). The decision to close gyms was not met with full approval by the National Council considering there has not been a proven case thanks to the measures put in place by the professionals concerned.

Vaccination
The government presented in detail the vaccination protocol planned for the national campaign that started last week with over-75s. Vaccinations are to continue at an accelerated pace over the coming days, with over-65s and health personnel now a priority.

In France, as of January 4, only 516 people had been officially vaccinated. Several French political leaders have attacked the government over recent days, claiming that the slowness of the vaccination role out has made France “the laughing stock of the world.”

In Germany, 265,000 doses had been administered by January 2; Italy: 118,000 by January 3; U.K.: 944,000 by December 27.

Sales
The six-week winter sales started in Monaco on January 2 and in France, the four-week soldes d'hiver have been pushed back to Wednesday, January 20 at 8 a.m. and will run for four weeks until Tuesday February 16.

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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.