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According to the United Nations, the COVID-19 pandemic is the worst crisis humanity has faced since 1945. With an arsenal of health, economic and other measures, Monaco is tackling it head on.

With the COVID-19 epidemic, Monaco is, like every other country on the planet, facing the worst health crisis in its history. “No generation today has ever experienced such a critical health situation. None of the crises we have gone through in recent decades have had such a severe economic impact in such a short space of time,” said Prince Albert II, who contracted the coronavirus himself, as did Minister of State Serge Telle. Having tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-March and gone into self-isolation, both continued to work despite the disease. They have both now recovered.

To contain the spread of the virus in the Principality, the Monegasque Government has, since the beginning of the crisis and on the instructions of the Head of State, announced a package of social distancing measures to limit people’s contacts and movements to an absolute minimum. Access to the shore and coastline has been prohibited, schools were closed, followed by shops (with the exception of those selling basic necessities), a lockdown and curfew have been introduced, checks are being conducted at the border and so on.

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© Direction de la Communication - Manuel Vitali

A special healthcare protocol has been introduced to avoid overburdening hospitals. Only patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms have been admitted to Princess Grace Hospital. The Prince’s Government has opened a Home Patient Follow-Up Centre to respond to requests for medical and logistical aid from those self-isolating at home. So far, this measure has helped to ensure that the country’s healthcare facilities have not been overwhelmed.

Should it become necessary, provisions are in place to make use of private healthcare facilities, namely the Monaco Cardiothoracic Centre and the Institute of Sports Medicine and Surgery.

For the Principality’s economic and cultural stakeholders, the COVID-19 pandemic is a huge test. The Monte-Carlo Tennis Masters, Monaco Grand Prix, Rose Ball, Printemps des Arts Festival, Monte-Carlo Television Festival… in the space of under a month, the country’s main events have all been cancelled.

The Société des Bains de Mer has closed the doors of its legendary casinos and most of its luxury hotels, with the exception of the Hotel de Paris. “SBM has not experienced a situation like this since the Second World War,” said CEO Jean-Luc Biamonti. Ninety percent of the group’s 4,000 employees have been temporarily laid off and the management team talks of a 92% drop in revenue for March.

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© Direction de la Communication - Manuel Vitali

To help companies affected by this unprecedented crisis, the Monegasque state has deployed an arsenal of measures to support the national economy, companies and workers.

The use of teleworking has been expanded massively, applying to more than 10,000 employees at the beginning of April. The State is also funding part of the salaries of temporarily laid-off staff in the Principality, and paying the rents of companies who lease premises in state-owned buildings and have now been hit by the crisis. In early April, more than 20,000 employees in the Principality were laid off under the strengthened provisions for total temporary layoff – 40% of the Monegasque workforce. The enormous expenditure involved could be financed using the Constitutional Reserve Fund, which has been built up over a number of years thanks to State budget surpluses.

Non-trading companies in Monaco have also mobilised since the beginning of the crisis. A number of solidarity initiatives have emerged, including to manufacture and supply masks free of charge.

The Monegasque company Banana Moon, which specialises in swimwear, has decided to produce fabric masks, while MC-CLIC, whose expertise is in drones, has also been working day and night to make masks using its 3D printers. And the Monte-Carlo Bay’s Michelin-starred chef Marcel Ravin has been posting his exquisite recipes on social media every day while in temporary self-isolation.

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© G. Luci / Palais Princier

“Rarely in history has our collective destiny been so dependent on our personal actions.”

Prince Albert II.

 

For more information, see:

www.Covid19.mc

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