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Monaco’s health restrictions extended, Alpes-Maritimes will be placed under a four-week lockdown

Monaco’s health restrictions extended, Alpes-Maritimes will be placed under a four-week lockdown

The existing nighttime curfew and other restrictions have been extended until April 2, the Sovereign Prince’s Government announced on Thursday afternoon. Parallel to this, Alpes-Maritimes will go into lockdown from Friday, March 19, for a period of four weeks, along with 15 other French Departments. Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the new restrictions during a press conference in Paris on Thursday evening.

Rules in Monaco

The rules governing lunchtime service in Monaco’s restaurants stay in place, as does the requirement for ‘teleworking’ – working from home.

The Government said that the coronavirus is still circulating within the Principality, with a slight rebound following the holidays in February.

The current health situation “requires us not to lower our guard,” the Government said, adding that hygiene measures should also be followed in the home setting.

Rules in France’s Alpes-Maritimes region

French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday that 16 French départements will be placed under a four-week lockdown because the rapidly increasing Covid-19 infections in the country.

“The situation is deteriorating,” Castex said, adding that the regional disparities meant that the government’s strategy of imposing localised restrictions rather than nationwide measures “remains relevant”.

President Emmanuel Macron had so far resisted imposing a nationwide lockdown this year but his premier said the situation in Paris and elsewhere made the regionally-targeted measures affecting around a third of the country’s population unavoidable.

Castex said, however, that the lockdown would be less strict than the one seen in the spring, and that schools will remain open.

“These confinement measures will not be a repeat of those we imposed in March and last November,” he said.

The measure comes into force at midnight on Friday night and will be in place for an initial four weeks – until Sunday, April 18th – although this will be reviewed in the context of the health situation.

Castex warned that they could be extended to other parts of the country if the epidemic deteriorates.

The rules will be broadly similar to the lockdown in November, with all non-essential trips out of the home banned and an exemption certificate (attestation) required for all trips out.

However, some aspects have been relaxed or altered:

  • There will be no time limit on trips outside for exercise, as long as you are within 10km of your home
  • Schools will remain open but high schools (lycées) will move to 50 percent distance learning
  • Non-essential shops will close, but the definition of essential has been expanded to include bookshops and music shops, in addition to the businesses which remained open during the November lockdown 
  • For people living in the locked-down départements, travel to a different region is not allowed, except for essential or work-related trips.
  • From Saturday the nationwide curfew will be pushed back from 6pm to 7pm across the whole country so that people can, for example, got out for exercise before 7pm. This is to take account of the start of “summer time” and the changing of the clocks.
  • Remote-working should be used for everyone who is able to

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Zsolt Szemerszky is an independent Monaco Advocate & Revenue Specialist with 10 years experience in the Principality of Monaco. As an author of multiple books on Monaco, Zsolt is guiding new residents through the relocation process. He also helps businesses to navigate on Monaco's "water" and to create revenue productive strategies in order to capitalise their highest potentials.

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