The Principality of Monaco will begin easing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions on Monday, May 4, at 06:00 (local time) with the progressive reopening of most businesses. Individuals will be required to wear a face mask in public spaces and will be instructed to stay at least 1.5 m (4.9 ft) away from other people. Kindergartens and schools will resume on Monday, May 11, while cafés, bars, and restaurants are expected to reopen in early June.
Under the lockdown measures, all individuals are required to stay at home and may only leave their homes for essential purposes. Most shops, restaurants, and bars are closed, and public gatherings are suspended. An overnight curfew remains in effect since Wednesday, March 22; individuals are prohibited from leaving their homes from 22:00 to 05:00 (local time) except in emergency situations or for work-related reasons.
As of Wednesday, April 29, health officials have confirmed 95 cases of COVID-19 in Monaco including four associated fatalities.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.
Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
- Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the virus.