Lunchtime news update Monday 27th April 2020

Holiday vouchers for frontline workers - The Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region has announced the distribution of holiday vouchers for people who worked in contact with the public during confinement, in order to help tourism professionals in the region.

With a value of 500 euros, the “holiday checkbook” will be allocated to private sector employees domiciled in the region and benefiting from a family allowance not exceeding 700 euros. It is aimed at people who worked in direct contact with the public during the confinement period, such as delivery services, cashiers, caregivers and shop employees. The vouchers may be used for accommodation, catering and leisure services between the reopening of establishments and the end of the year.

The vouchers must be used exclusively in the region. The estimated cost of the project is 10 million euros of which 4 million will be financed by the department and the region.

Visit var has already launched an operation to support "the Var heroes".

The objective is to place the region at the top of French destinations after confinement. According to the region, this project constitutes the largest campaign ever carried out in France for the promotion of the three destinations Provence, Alpes and the Côte d´Azur.

Mayor of Nice announces new measures for private beaches - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has announced plans to expand private beaches in order to compensate for the loss of business due to the coronavirus.

While a date has not yet been announced for the reopening of restaurants, bars and beaches in the region, a series of measures have been announced including  the following; a one-year extension for beach owners which has just been renewed, an exemption from “occupancy taxes” in the maritime sector and finally the expansion of their establishment, gaining an additional 15 meters to install deckchairs and parasols while keeping a strict social distance.

The recent announcement has seen strong opposition from local left-wing MPs.

Masks in Monaco - The distribution of masks in Monaco has been outlined firstly for residents: the town hall is distributing cloth masks. The operation has already started for people over 65 and is continuing by La Poste until Thursday 30th April. 

For employees: employers will be responsible for obtaining supplies from the State, at the rate of two masks per day per employee. They are sold at cost price (€ 1 excluding tax). Orders can be made online at https://service-public-entreprises.gouv.mc/

In Monaco pharmacies, masks are now sold at controlled prices, which cannot exceed € 2.50 for surgical mask