Monaco update following todays, Friday 13th March, press conference

Monaco press conference on new measures following coronavirus – A press conference has been held this afternoon here in the Principality by the Monaco’s Minister of State M. Serge Telle and in the presence of Monaco’s health and social affairs Minister and the Principalities Education authorities.

The Princely government met to discuss the measures taken due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Following the announcement earlier today of the closure of all schools in the Principality, officials confirmed that by the end of today, Friday 13th March, all parents concerned will have received an email from the education authorities explaining the measures being taken and the procedures to be adapted by parents, students and teachers in order to ensure a smooth transition from school to the home, the continuity of lessons, as well as assistance for parents such as child care services and indemnities.

In addition to schools closing, Monaco has also prohibited all gatherings of more than 100 people. Cinema’s will remain open but limited of up to a hundred cinema goers at a time. Public swimming pools will remain closed to all groups and an issue currently being studied by the government is the questions of bars and restaurants in the Principality. While as mentioned during the press conference “Italy has introduced an obligation of bars and restaurants to close at 6pm” the Monaco government is considering, for sanitary reasons, as is the obligation in preventing the spread of the virus, reducing the number of people allowed in bars and restaurants to 50, including staff. A decision is expected to be made in the coming days.

Concerning borders, it was confirmed that there would be no new measures with the borders between France and Monaco and when asked if “In the case where the French health system becomes saturated” “Monaco was within the capacity to deal with cases”.

Finally, it was emphasized that the government continues to hold critical meetings over the next few days with tourism authorities and businesses in the Principality. Adding that certain tax declarations for businesses are still to be declared as normal however, the payment of these taxes will be deferred. The move hopes to ease the pressure on companies and businesses. Further measures are in place to help businesses for details and assistance you can go to https://en.service-public-entreprises.gouv.mc/Networks-and-publications/Professional-networks/Administration/Welcome-Office

 

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