With 11 new cases confirmed in Monaco on Wednesday, the government has revealed that a joint control was carried out Monday by the Directorates of Public Safety and of the Health and Food Security Division on some 60 restaurants in the Monte-Carlo, Port Hercules and Fontvieille districts.
The inspection was to ensure compliance with sanitary measures. 21 fines were issued for various offenses, the majority were due to staff members not wearing masks and the failure to respect a distance of 1.5 meters between tables.
Due to several repeated offences, and despite previous warnings, four establishments (Beef Bar, Planet Sushi in Port Hercules, Huit et demi and Brasserie de Monaco) are now subject to an administrative closure for 4 to 7 days as of Thursday, December 24.
The government says it is essential to strictly comply with the current health measures in place to be able to keep these establishments open during the epidemic, a luxury not available across Europe.
Restaurants can be open between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and reservations are now mandatory for both lunch and dinner service. There must be a distance of 1.5 meters between each table with a limit of six per table. And it is mandatory for staff to wear a mask at all times and for customers when not seated.
Monegasque authorities will continue with random checks in the coming days and weeks.
Additionally the government has announced that a 0% TVA rate will be applied to Covid screening tests (PCR and serological) and Covid vaccines validated by the European Medicines Agency.
And finally, the Palace has released the official portrait of the princely family.