CORONAVIRUS : Lockdown extended to 3 May inclusive
On the instructions of H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince, the Prince’s Government has decided to extend the 17 March decision temporarily restricting travel to 3 May inclusive.
This decision reflects the need to continue the efforts that have been undertaken to further contain the spread of the virus. The lockdown rules, which have been in place for three weeks, have thus far proved effective in ensuring that our health facilities are not overwhelmed.
Consequently, all travel is prohibited except for :
- Travel between home and place(s) of work where this is essential to carry out activities that cannot be done via teleworking, or business travel that cannot be postponed;
- Travel to purchase supplies required for work and basic necessities from local shops and businesses that are authorised to remain open to the public;
- Travel for health reasons, i.e. consultations and treatment that cannot be carried out remotely or be postponed; consultations and treatment for patients with long-term conditions;
- Travel for critical family reasons, to assist vulnerable people or look after children;
- Brief outings (of short duration) for:
- individual physical exercise (all group sporting activities and close contact with other people are prohibited)
- walking with others from your own household only
- looking after pets
6. Travel to comply with a legal or administrative summons;
7. Travel to take part in public interest activities at the request of the administrative authorities.
Travel to visit family members or friends is prohibited under all circumstances. The same applies to travelling to the countryside or boat trips.
A distance of 1.5 metres between people must be respected everywhere, under all circumstances.
The police will enforce strict compliance with these measures and will be authorised to record an offence against anyone in breach of them, with fines of up to €200.
Checks will be stepped up over Easter weekend. The police will use a drone to patrol the country and ensure that there are no gatherings on the streets.
Joint Monegasque-French checks will also be carried out at the border to minimise traffic entering and leaving the country as far as possible.
The Prince’s Government is aware of the effort that everyone is being asked to make. Remaining at home, particularly now that the good weather is here, requires patience and discipline, and these are being sorely tested as extensions of the lockdown are announced. The Prince’s Government would like to thank and offer its full support to all Monegasque nationals and residents during these unique times. The sole purpose of the measures that have been put in place is to protect the public from the coronavirus.