COVID-19: twelfth meeting of Joint Monitoring Committee
A twelfth meeting of the Joint COVID-19 Monitoring Committee was held on Monday 29 June at the Ministry of State. The Prince’s Government and members of the National Council discussed the decisions that have been taken and are still to be taken in view of the health crisis and the resulting social and economic impact.
The Prince’s Government and the National Council reviewed developments in the health situation in the Principality. Although a few positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified in recent days, the situation remains satisfactory. All of the recent infections were contracted outside the Principality, confirming that circulation of the virus is still under control in Monaco. Currently, there are no longer any patients hospitalised with COVID-19 at Princess Grace Hospital.
The National Council delegation raised the issue of permitting occasional outings for the elderly residents of care homes. This will be reviewed by the Government.
The Prince’s Government also gave an update regarding on-the-spot checks, which are being conducted mostly in bars, restaurants and hotels. Overall, compliance with the rules is high.
These positive indicators mean that consideration can be given to relaxing the measures associated with easing the lockdown in restaurants and in relation to the volume of background music under conditions that will be clarified later. This relaxation is in line with one of the National Council’s expectations on supporting the recovery.
There was a discussion of the economic impact of the health crisis. The Prince’s Government provided the National Council with information on the soon-to-be-announced gradual withdrawal of the strengthened provisions for total temporary layoff (CTTR), following a staggered, sector-by-sector approach. Measures are also planned to partially cover social security contributions and support some businesses under the aegis of the Economic Recovery Support Commission (CARE).
The next meeting of the Joint Committee will be held on 15 July 2020.