Monaco’s curfew concept is a model that is working effectively in a very uncertain world. It is a standard that has been adopted currently by France too – though the epidemic in France is far more severe.
The curfew is a model that is working well for a citizenry that as a community has taken the Covid virus seriously and has adapted itself, in most cases, willingly to the barrier gestures that are currently the first and foremost defense against the virus: social distancing, masks and frequent washing of hands. Vaccines are on the horizon; predicted soon but not just yet.
Fortunately Monaco is avoiding the social tensions that other European countries are experiencing as they try to enforce further stricter quarantines. Monaco’s own strict quarantine ended April 27 after being introduced on March 17th.
Even though the top-priority objective obviously remains the health protection of the population, the Principality has allowed its economy to continue to function , understandably with some constraints. That is key to preserving the State’s social model – and having jobs is an important part not just of economic health but holistically that of society too.
Prince Albert in a speech from the Palace has given us more clarity and indeed some hope for the rest of the festive season. Evident is his gratitude to all the professionals who have selflessly helped during the crisis.
What is working is going to be continued. By a decision of the Sovereign the curfew in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for several weeks is is to be maintained until January 15, 2021.
Since November, it has been possible to live in Monaco with a less restrictive curfew than confinement. Mónaco has been fortunate relative to its neighbours. All the more reason not to relax efforts or compromise the achievements of results by lifting the curfew too quickly.
When we hear that President Macron of France has just contracted Covid we realize we are living in exceptional times. We are not yet out of the woods.
But it is reported that the Prince has already confirmed that during the curfew restaurants will continue to receive an extension until 9:30 p.m.
There will be an exceptional curfew until 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
The traditional midnight mass though will not take place in the cathedral this year.
It will be possible to have dinner with the family and to return home comfortably before midnight.
On the other hand public gatherings will be prohibited.
New Year’s Eve
Access to the Principality will be closed on the evening of December 31, except when booking at a hotel.
And somewhat more caution applies on New Year’s Eve, when in agreement with the government, the Sovereign has chosen to maintain the curfew at 8 p.m. though allowing restaurants to extend their opening until 10:30 p.m.
Entry into the territory of the Principality will only be possible for those non-residents who have a reservation for a stay in a hotel.
National Vaccination Plan
At the Prince’s request, the government has drawn up a national vaccination plan.
It is reported the plan is ready. It will be implemented as soon as the first vaccines have received their marketing authorizations.
Authorizations are awaited from the European Medicines Agency and its French counterpart.
Caution will still be needed for an extended time. We are living through an unknown and we don’t know yet how long it will take for the world to get back to normal, even as vaccines become available. Safety first – continue to be cautious!
And a little good news for sports enthusiasts: “sports activities will be able to resume under strict conditions of reinforced health protocol”.
More details on this and the potential for Sports Halls opening are to follow