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1. Welcome to Moores Rowland as new BAM Patron 
2. Four more Coronavirus cases in Monaco
3. New measures to combat Covid-19
4. Screening continues
5. Mandatory masks
6. Supporting the search for a vaccine
7. The Second wave highly likely 
8. Fort Antoine Theatre – 50th Anniversary Season continues
9. Grimaldi Forum Catalogue - Monaco and the automobile
10. Women's rights committee joins Monaco's energy transition pact
11. Monaco Safe label grows

12. Hot weather alert :  young children are particularly vulnerable

 


1. Welcome to Moores Rowland as new BAM Patron!
The Monaco-based firm has been advising private clients and families – many of them British - within and outside of the Principality since 1976 on matters such as residency, international tax planning and estate planning, as well as administering companies and trusts for such clients.  The executive directors are Andrew Tailby-Faulkes, Eamonn McGregor, Paolo Braschi and Frederic Mege.  Since last year, Moores Rowland has been part of the wider Abacus Trust Group, headquartered in the Isle of Man. Andrew has been associated with BAM since coming to Monaco three years ago and told us that he is ‘very proud that his company is in a position to sponsor such a vital and well-loved charity here in the Principality’  https://abacustrustgroup.com/services/moores-rowland/

2. Four more Coronavirus cases reported in Monaco
This Wednesday evening 2 more cases in Monaco bringing the total to 125 and 2 persons in hospital. 9 cases being followed at home. 105 patients have recovered. 

3. New measures to combat Covid-19  
The government has announced new measures to combat Covid-19 cases in the Principality, including mandatory testing for all tourists arriving from high-risk areas.
Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Didier Gamerdinger and Public Health Inspector, Eric Voiglio held a press conference on Thursday 30 July to give an update on the current situation in the Principality and to underline the fact that the majority of recent cases in Monaco were of people who had either returned from high-risk areas, from neighbouring communities or were passengers on visiting yachts.   The Government is urging residents not to travel to those locations designated "high risk" ie. those listed on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) website.   This list is updated regularly so it is wise to consult it as a matter of course before planning any travel.   Any Monaco residents who nevertheless still choose to travel to these destinations are "strongly advised" to be tested for Covid-19 immediately upon their return to the Principality.
Meanwhile, tourists who arrive in Monaco from zones with high infection rates - whether within or beyond Europe – and who opt to stay at a hotel in the Principality will be required to provide a PCR test result not less than 72 hours old, otherwise they will be required to undertake an immediate test and placed in quarantine until a negative result is obtained (usually within 24 hours).   A positive result will incur an immediate 14 day quarantine.

4. Screening continues
Meanwhile, voluntary screening continues – as previously advised, five doctors, eight pharmacists and nurses throughout the Principality are equipped to carry out testing upon request.
 
5. Mandatory masks
In spite of the large numbers of people responding in a responsible manner to the Government's requests, several areas of concern still remain, particularly in queues, where people continue to insist on standing too close to each other and are not always wearing masks.   As a result, it is now mandatory for masks to be worn when standing in queues, especially at bars and large venues.
 
6. Supporting the search for a vaccine
Research into a vaccine is also being closely monitored, with several avenues being studied, amongst them a vaccine by Astra Zeneca and another by Moderna.     Until a vaccine is found, however, the message must remain the same :  practise social distancing, avoid travel to high-risk areas and, above all wear a mask – and this does not mean over or under your chin, round your wrist or elbow!    On many occasions, there is next to no distancing, masks are by no means universal and even the threat of a €300 fine for inappropriate disposal of masks has not proved a sufficient deterrent, for they are still to be seen littering the pavements.   One initiative the Authorities might perhaps like to address is the fact that there is a noticeable absence of signs in public lifts requiring masks to be worn – although one would like to think that common sense might prevail!

7. The Second wave highly likely
Meanwhile, French authorities are warning that a second wave of infections is highly likely, given the fact that, to a large extent, people are openly flouting distancing rules and, despite new rulings such as the requirements to wear masks in specified areas and situations issued by Nice and other préfectures, are failing to respect the regulations.  
 
It is also worth remembering that strict visiting rules remain in place at the Princess Grace Hospital as well as at the Centre Rainier IIICap Fleuri and A Qietüdine
Although visiting regulations have been somewhat relaxed in recent weeks, one rule remains obdurately in place :  the wearing of a mask.   Whilst visiting is largely quite free, stricter regulations still apply to several departments, particularly haemato-oncology, pulmonology and maternity.   However, this list is subject to modification so you will need to check the current situation with the department which you are planning to visit before you turn up.   It is quite possible, for instance, that each patient may only be allowed one visit per day – hence the hospital’s recommendation to those who want to visit patients to contact the department concerned before coming.   It is simply a matter of avoiding misunderstandings if, for example, a particular department specifies that each patient may only receive one visitor per day.

8. Fort Antoine Theatre – 50th Anniversary Season continues
Tuesday 18 August at 9.30 pm
"Les Femmes de Barbe-Bleue" ("Bluebeard's Women"), performed by Juste Avant la Compagnie.
 
9. Grimaldi Forum Catalogue - Monaco and the automobile
Good news for those of you who are still lamenting the cancellation of this year's Grimaldi Forum exhibition "Monaco and the automobile from 1893 to the present." 
The catalogue originally intended to accompany the exhibition has now been produced for sale.   The result of three years of archive research and preparation, the catalogue recounts the close relationship between Monaco and the motor car via a series of themes which were to have been highlights of the exhibition, including a chronological history;  the story of Prince Albert I and his passion for the vehicles of his era;  the magic of the Concours d’élégance de Monte-Carlo;  a biography of Louis Chiron, Monégasque World Champion in 1928;  a cinematic history of motor racing in the Principality and a presentation of 52 iconic racing cars.
This excellent (paperback) reference book, in French and English, containing 312 pages and 260 illustrations, is available to buy for the extremely reasonable price of €29 from the Grimaldi Forum – order your copy by e-mail to agalluffo@grimaldiforum.com or ring 99 99 20 00.
A hardback version will be available from October at €45.
 
10. Women's rights committee joins Monaco's energy transition pact
The Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Women’s Rights has now joined Monaco's energy transition pact.
This milestone Charter was signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation (and the Women’s Committee’s Chair, Laurent Anselmi), the Minister of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development, Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, the Director of the Mission for Energy Transition, Annabelle Jaeger-Seydoux and Céline Cottalorda, Chief Officer for the Women’s Rights Committee, together with other members of the Committee.
Mr Anselmi emphasised that "in signing the National Energy Transition Pact, our Committee, which is dedicated to promoting and safeguarding women’s rights, is making a firm contribution to the interaction driven by the UN, at the same playing a modest but determined role in helping to build the structure that the Principality is steadily creating at the behest of the Sovereign Prince."
Marie-Pierre Gramaglia added that this was "an effort that must unite us all :  Monégasque nationals, residents, employees, people from all socio-professional backgrounds, all of the stakeholders within our community – today, the Women’s Rights Committee and, tomorrow, all of you."
Céline Cottalorda, signing the Charter on behalf of the Committee, said that she wanted "to set an example and encourage women in the Principality and the associations which are involved with the Committee to commit to protecting the environment."
The Office of the High Commissioner for the Protection of Rights, Liberties and for Mediation, as well as local organisations, She Can He Can, Soroptimist and Femmes Leaders Mondiales Monaco have also pledged to sign the National Energy Transition Pact Commitment Charter.

11. "Monaco Safe" label grows 
Three more Monégasque establishments obtain the "Monaco Safe" label.
It is worth noting that, in addition to the 78 establishments already awarded the "Monaco Safe" label, the Stade Nautique Rainier III, Hercule Fitness Club and the Maison des Associations have all obtained this new certification.
This label means that they have satisfied the various Government inspection authorities that their establishments are being run in accordance with the sanitation regulations currently in force in relation to the coronavirus stipulations and that clients can rest assured of their safety when visiting these premises.

12. Hot weather alert :  young children are particularly vulnerable
With extra high temperatures forecast during the coming days, the Monaco Government has issued special warnings with regard to young children, who are particularly susceptible to the risks linked to these extreme temperatures.   It is worth remembering that prevention is always better than cure.   As a general rule, avoid exposing young babies of less than twelve months old to sunlight, especially between noon and 4pm.   In any event, the use of a sun protection cream with an index of at least 50 is essential and must be renewed at least every two hours - more often if the child has been in the water.   It is also recommended that the child be  protected with a hat, sunglasses and a t-shirt at all times.   It is also ultra-important to make sure that the child is given plenty of water to drink, particularly for young babies under six months old.   If you suspect that your child is dehydrated, put him in a shady position, remove his clothing and spray him all over with water as well as getting him to drink as much as possible.   If he shows no improvement, do not hesitate to call the emergency services on 18 or 112.  
 
And remember : NEVER LEAVE A CHILD OR ANIMAL IN A PARKED CAR !


Government web site links (MC, FR, IT, UK )

MC - The official Monaco Government website for all information relating to the COVID-19 situation is:
www.covid19.mc For information in English go to :
https://en.gouv.mc/Policy-Practice/Coronavirus-Covid-2019/Actualites/

FR https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus 
 
IT - https://www.interno.gov.it/it/speciali/coronavirus  

UK - UK Government advice for travel to, from and through France is here - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france/coronavirus The UK Government advice for travel to, from and through Italy is here -
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/coronavirus


BAM CST - Our BAM Community Support Team, although not making its usual visits, is always on hand to help with any problems, small or large – simply call the BAM CST team, headed up by Yvonne Bernhardt on 06 60 21 63 99 .
AND, ABOVE ALL, TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELVES !
 

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