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28 February 2020

Information about COVID-19 in the Principality of Monaco

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Given the rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Monegasque authorities have adopted a stance of constant vigilance and are maintaining regular contact with their French and Italian counterparts. The measures announced by the Prince’s Government are thus liable to change as the situation surrounding the disease develops.

The Government’s recommendations are intended to be pragmatic, and aim to cause as little disruption to family life as possible.

The Prince’s Government calls on all citizens to act responsibly.

 

RETURN TO SCHOOL ON MONDAY 2 MARCH 2020:

As of Wednesday 26 February 2020, it was decided that the Principality’s schools would open as normal. However, preventive measures will be in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus as far as possible. As such:

  • Parents returning from risk areas are asked not to bring their children to school or crèche for 14 days following the date of their return. The risk areas are: China (continental China, Hong Kong, Macau), Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia and the regions of Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna in Italy. The list of risk areas will be updated on a regular basis.
  • Hand sanitisers will be made available to schools and crèches. Please note that these sanitisers are safe for children to use.

EMPLOYEES:

The same approach is recommended for adults and children: people returning from risk areas should stay at home.

In this context, it will be up to those affected to contact the public health inspectors.

After interviewing the patient, these doctors will issue a sick note, allowing daily social security allowances to be paid without delay. Employees who are obliged to remain at home will not therefore lose any income. This eligibility for allowances applies to all employees in the private and public sectors.

  • Special arrangements may be made for people who are not showing any symptoms and work for organisations classed as critical infrastructure operators. Such individuals may be allowed to continuing working, subject to agreeing to certain measures which may include wearing a mask or having their temperature taken regularly.
  • Generally speaking, the Prince’s Government recommends temporary teleworking.

 

THE ELDERLY:

  • In nursing homes: posters describing precautionary measures will be displayed to inform patients and their families, and stronger disinfection measures will be adopted. The same approach will be adopted in units of Princess Grace Hospital deemed to be “sensitive”.
  • At home: people living at home will be covered by the general measures introduced for the population as a whole.

 

TRAVEL:

In general terms, the Prince’s Government recommends avoiding all private and/or business travel to risk areas. Possible exemptions for the government will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Risk areas are updated on a regular basis.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOLDING CONFERENCES AND EVENTS:

At this stage, the Monegasque authorities are not recommending that events should be cancelled or postponed. This position will be reviewed regularly. Nonetheless, some precautions should be taken:

  • Organisers are advised not to invite people from areas exposed to the virus.
  • The following disinfection measures are recommended: make hand sanitisers available and clean premises more frequently.

 

INFORMATION:

If you develop symptoms (a high fever and respiratory symptoms such as a cough or shortness of breath), please contact the emergency services directly on 18 or 112.

To avoid infecting others, please do not visit your normal doctor or the Accident and Emergency Unit.

To enable the emergency services and Princess Grace Hospital to focus on their primary missions, Monegasque nationals, residents and employees can contact the centre to discuss any questions they may have about COVID-19 by calling: 

92 05 55 00. The line will be open every day from 9 am to 6 pm.

The centre can also be emailed at the following address: covid19@gouv.mc .

If you develop symptoms (a high fever and respiratory symptoms such as a cough or shortness of breath), please contact the emergency services directly on 18 or 112.

To avoid infecting others, please do not visit your normal doctor or the Accident and Emergency Unit.

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