It's been a tough week in Monaco with nine Covid deaths, half the country's total fatalities from the pandemic, recorded over the past week. As a result, the government has announced a series of additional health protocol this evening.
From Monday, February 8 until Friday, February 19 inclusive, working from home is mandatory, where possible, for all positions in both the private and public sectors.
Public gatherings have been reduced from ten to six people, with the exception of large families.
In shopping centers, stores and churches, there can only be one person per 6 sqm, up from 4 sqm previously. In supermarkets, there is a limit of two shoppers per grocery cart, and stores will be opening earlier in the mornings.
Anyone entering Monaco from a foreign country, excluding France, must provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours (workers and students exempt). Residents can make appointments for PCR tests without a prescription at the National Screening Center at Espace Leo Ferré.
It is also strongly recommended to limit private gatherings to six people and to limit coffee, food or smoke breaks to a few people while remaining in a fixed place (instead of walking).
Dominique Estrosi-Sassone has asked the French government to review the recent travel restrictions—which apply also to Monaco—“in the name of the necessary respect for the hierarchy of standards and fraternal relations and the very strong economic and social ties between our two countries.”
Residents can travel up to 30km from home in France for 24 hours or they must justify a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours if they don’t have a “compelling reason” for travel.