It is a proposal from the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, who wants at all costs to avoid a third wave while the incidence rate explodes in his department (323/100 000 last Sunday, more than double the national average), because with its open restaurants, Monaco has become the festive refuge of the French.
The premises of a third wave in the Alpes-#Maritimes? Faced with the rise in all indicators and in particular the incidence rate, the department is trying to tighten the screws: Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice and president of the metropolis, asks in particular the start of the vaccination campaign as quickly as possible, limitation of movements with Italy, systematic tests at the airport, an increase in checks in stores and therefore restrictions on movement between France and Monaco. Because the principality applies its own rules with in particular exemptions for restaurants which are authorized to open between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. and then in the evening between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., which obviously attracts many French people.
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Since the start of the school holidays, a last minute reservation in a Monegasque restaurant has become impossible. Because, Covid requires, the number of tables has been reduced while demand explodes. Pierre has been a butler for a little less than 20 years in a large Monegasque restaurant. “It’s unheard of. There are a lot of French people who want to come and have a good time alone or with friends. For the end of the year celebrations, people come to take refuge in Monaco.”
They tell us: it’s our outing, it’s been so long since we haven’t done an outing that they forgot how good it was.
A bubble of freedom but not at any cost because the application of the rules in Monaco is very strict. Marco is the manager of a pizzeria in the center of the principality: “Everyone respects the rules. Monaco is a small entity so it’s easy to manage because it’s 2 km2. If someone is without a mask, with the cameras, you can see it right away and we stop it ”
People think that in Monaco, you can do whatever you want. No, it’s not like that. There are rules to respect.
Rules and therefore penalties: five establishments have been temporarily closed since the end of November for repeated breaches of health rules.
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