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Monaco’s Interior Minister calls for “collective responsibility”

Intervention de M. Patrice Cellario, Conseiller de Gouvernement - Ministre de l’Intérieur
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Following the new measures announced on Tuesday evening by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Patrice Cellario, Government Counsellor and Minister of the Interior, took the floor to clarify the announcements and decisions made by the Head of State.



In order to control the spread of the coronavirus as much as possible, which has been steadily increasing over the past few days, the Government of Monaco has decided to limit travel within the Principality to what is strictly necessary.

This Wednesday morning, following the announcements made by Prince Albert II, who decreed the confinement on Tuesday evening which will be effective from this Wednesday midnight, Patrice Cellario, Government Counsellor and Minister of the Interior, gave details of the sanctions put in place.

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Following the example of measures applied on French territory, “only those movements deemed essential will be allowed.” Therefore, buying food, helping a vulnerable person in your family circle, going for medical treatment, taking your pets out or getting some fresh air for physical activity will be tolerated and no certificate will be required.

“Unlike the decisions taken by the French authorities, we will not require any self-declaration,” said Patrice Cellario. “We are a small territory and we believe that the call for responsibility from commuters, residents and Monegasques will be enough to make everyone aware of the need to ensure that the transmission barrier of this virus is respected by each individual.”

Controls will be ensured by public security, even if no sanctions are planned for the time being.

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However, a justification letter will be compulsory for Monegasque workers in cases “where work cannot be deferred or carried out remotely.” Employers will thus have to complete this document for their employees with the attestation available and accessible on the government’s website.

“I am calling on everyone to take responsibility because it is a struggle that we must all wage individually so that the collective approach works.”

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