New Case Of Coronavirus In Monaco, Public Areas And Coast Banned

Port Hercule Monaco

Photo: Nancy Heslin

The total number of coronavirus cases in Monaco hit 12, the government confirmed Friday night.

Another person tested positive for COVID-19 and an epidemiological investigation is underway. While the sex of the person has not been confirmed, the government did say that of the 12 cases, including Prince Albert and minister of state Serge Telle, one man in his twenties, the first case diagnosed on February 28, has now recovered.

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Residents in Monaco are authorized to leave their home individually and close to home only for one of the following reasons: 
- to purchase supplies necessary for professional activity and essential purchases in local establishments and shops authorized to be open to the public
- for health reasons
- for pressing family matters, to help vulnerable persons or childcare
- for individual physical activity, excluding any collective sports, and the needs of pets

“At the moment there is no imposed distance and no fines are planned,” the communications department confirmed to Forbes Monaco. “There is just a call to respect the rules and civility.” (France has a limited distance of 2 kilometers from home and a €135 fine.)

The government also just announced, effective immediately, the closure of all public parks, gardens and playgrounds in the Principality.

In addition, access to the following coastal sites will be prohibited until further notice.
- the area around the tip of the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club
- the private beach of the Méridien Beach Plaza
- Larvotto Cove in its entirety
- Portier Cove
- the digues in Port Hercules including the Lucciana counter-pier, the Rainier-III quay and the Stefano-Casiraghi promenade
- chemin des Pêcheurs, la plage des Pêcheursbeach and the area below the path
- the eartern digue in Fontvieille
- the western digue of Fontvieille on the Monegasque side