The good news is that the Monaco government hopes to have a coronavirus vaccine for residents and Monegasques for the first quarter of 2021. The bad news is that Jimmyz, and all other nightclubs in the Principality, aren’t likely to reopen anytime soon.
While eight new Covid cases have been confirmed in Monaco over the past week, minister of social affairs and health, Didier Gamerdinger, was quick to confirm today at a press conference that most of the infected were either non-resident or residents who had returned from traveling.
As a result, the government is advising residents not to travel to hot spots, what the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control considers risk zones (www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/cases-2019-ncov-eueea), or if you do visit these areas, make sure you get tested immediately when you come back.
Any hotel guest coming to Monaco from these Covid risk areas or arriving from a non-European zone will now have mandatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing. They can either provide the result of a PCR test carried out 72 hours before their arrival or undergo an on-site test.
Additionally, while facemasks must be worn in all closed public spaces, they will also now be mandatory while waiting in line, especially outside restaurants and sports venues.
Gamerdinger also said the government is exploring several avenues for providing the population with a vaccine as soon as it is validated by the health authorities.
He said on July 10 the Principality officially joined a joint project led by WHO and the GAVI Vaccination Alliance, and that the Minister of State had been in touch with French minister of health, Olivier Véran, in the framework of the Health Assistance Agreement between the two countries, so that Monaco is taken into account in the Astra Zeneca vaccine project supported by France, Italy, Germany and the UK.
There is also interest in the American vaccine being developed by Moderna and the company’s president, Stephen Hoge, just paid a visit to the Principality.
A total of 38,209 residents, employees and schools were TROD tested from mid-May to mid-June. From tomorrow, anyone (resident or not) will be able to pay to get tested by local GPs, pharmacists and private nurses in Monaco.