In Monaco, the people of the French Riviera spend Christmas “at the restaurant”!

    In Monaco, the people of the French Riviera spend Christmas “at the restaurant”!

    A form of nostalgia emerges from the rue Princesse Caroline (Monaco), at the end of December. 200 meters of terraces, all filled with gourmets, to the delight of restaurateurs, they have not closed unlike their French neighbors. “We are open, we are happy! Compared to France, we work so we don’t complain. French people come to us in droves“, says Estelle, waitress in a Monegasque restaurant. The establishment is currently registering around sixty customers at each service.

    Monaco, a Christmas bubble

    Customers from Nice, Menton, Antibes and even Auvergne or even the Paris region. Brian and Karim came with friends to spend two weeks vacation on the rock “since we have restaurants, shops, casinos. There is nothing that gives more pleasure than to feel free“, testify the two Auvergne. Like the other visitors, they take the opportunity to do their Christmas shopping to the delight of traders who are also delighted with the opening of the restaurants.

    Four restaurants closed administratively

    If establishments, unlike bars, can reopen, it is not without constraints. The Monegasque government imposes compliance with a health protocol with a distance of 1.5 meters between each table, 6 customers per table, the wearing of a mask is compulsory when you are on the move. Other restriction, service is only possible between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., then between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m..

    The police patrol to ensure compliance with these rules which does not prevent some mistakes. The princely government announced that it had administratively closed four restaurants, as of December 24, for a period of 4 to 7 days. He specifies that henceforth, customers imperatively reserve their table for lunch and dinner services.

    To eat in Monaco on the 31st, you must also sleep there

    For prevent Monaco from being invaded by French Riviera residents and tourists impatient to celebrate the New Year, the executive also decided that to be able to eat on the rock on New Year’s Eve, it will be necessary to justify its presence with proof of a hotel night or proof of address on Monegasque soil. On the occasion of this evening, restaurateurs will be able to serve an additional hour, until 4 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

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