- While it had hitherto modeled its anti-epidemic measures on those of France, the princely government has not decided to close “non-essential businesses”.
- In Monaco, the many French workers therefore allow themselves “little pleasures” to which they are no longer entitled with confinement.
Drink a beer on the terrace. Have lunch served. Go shopping. In the Principality of Monaco, where the restrictions to curb the Covid-19 epidemic do not concern bars and restaurants, or other businesses for that matter, the many French workers allow themselves “little pleasures” to which they do not. have more rights with confinement.
“From time to time I go to the pub which is right next to my work. It feels good. We miss it a bit in France at the moment, ”says Marion, who lives near Nice and works on the Rock. Those who “have this chance” do not hesitate. The streets are busy. Some, with a bit of a cabotin spirit, even make their acquaintances, who have remained on the other side of the border, poke fun at them with selfies.
In restaurants until 9:30 p.m.
While it had hitherto modeled its anti-epidemic measures on those of France, the princely government has not decided to close “non-essential businesses”. Since November 1, however, a curfew has been in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. with the possibility of exemptions. Including to go to a restaurant until 9:30 p.m.
In these establishments, you can even eat inside. But the reservation is obligatory so that the managers have the telephone number of the customers, in the event of… case contacts. But in practice, when we introduce ourselves, there is sometimes a way to work out. “We’re going to say you called me earlier, okay?” How many are you already? », Says a restaurateur to a group of hungry workers.
“Like an injustice”
The businesses are running almost normally. Hairdressing salons have notably seen their appointment books fill up. “We were very lucky that our government made the right decisions, did not follow what happened in France and did not overwhelm us with a closure”, explained on Monaco Info Nicolas Matile-Narmino, the president of the Union of traders and artisans of Monaco.
A situation that caused a reaction, a few kilometers away, Christian Estrosi. “While we share the same health card, and the French and Monegasque governments have decided to pool resources, I can see to what extent the difference in treatment between traders is felt as an injustice”, loose the mayor of Nice.
Monday evening, he demanded “from the French government, if our decrease, by the end of the year, is sufficiently significant, to ensure a harmonization of the rules between the principality and our metropolis”.