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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/
 
 The lockdown measures in Monaco will continue until 15th April. Travel in Monaco is restricted or prohibited during the 10 p.m. and 5 a.m curfew period except for the following reasons:

The following activities are Prohibited between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m :

  • To make purchases of basic necessities or purchases of supplies necessary for your professional activity
  • For a short time and near your home, to air or walk your dog

(Those activities are permitted during the day from 5am-10pm)

But authorized between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m are:

  • To take care of oneself
  • To or from work
  • For compelling family reasons
  • To help a dependent person

In all circumstances, keep your distance (more than 1.50m) and avoid forming any groups or clusters of people.


Employees must have proof of professional travel (link) when travelling for professional reasons.

Employees coming from France must also be provided with the derogation travel certificate (pdf) when travelling on French territory.


Current Case Status
It is important to note that only a very small number of COVID-19 patients are actually being treated in hospital – less than a dozen, in fact.   For the rest, the Government has put in place a centre to organise home treatment of patients, allowing the CHPG to concentrate on treating only the worst-affected cases.   In line with their French colleagues, Monégasque doctors have, in certain cases, been using the drug Chloroquine, a malaria treatment but it is too early to tell whether this is proving effective.


Central Information Line
The Central Information Line for all COVI-19 enquiries, 92 05 55 00, is manned seven days a week from 9am until 6pm and the range of services has been extended to include experts in mental and psychiatric health, in order to assist those who are suffering from symptoms brought about by self-isolation.
The service can also by contacted by email on covid19@gouv.mc.

Blood Donations
Call for blood donations - Despite the current Covid-19 crisis, the need for blood continues for patients at the Princess Grace Hospital Centre (CHPG).
The Government has released a statement confirming that people who so wish can still donate blood, despite the current lockdown. Each year 3,500 blood donations are necessary for the 800 patients transfused in the Principality.
To avoid unnecessary travel, the Blood Transfusion Center (CTS) recommends calling 97 98 98 20 to obtain an appointment, on Tuesdays between 8am and 2pm, Wednesdays between 10am and 3pm or Thursdays between 8am and 2pm.
Donors should carry with them a form specifying that their trip is for a health reason as well as the SMS which they will have received confirming their appointment at the CTS. For more info see www.chpg.mc Blood Donation (Don du Sang)  section.

 
Travel into France and Italy
The situation is changing daily and that includes ever changing self declaration forms in both France and Italy and new rules. Do not rely on what you did the last time you travelled but verify the rules for each country to see if your journey is legally permitted.

Monaco
Monaco has no forms to complete but still has rules including a 10pm-5am curfew. See our earlier section above on the exceptions. 
Shops will close to new customers at 9.30pm to enable everyone to reach home by 10pm.

As previously mentioned, all Monaco street parking is free of charge until further notice.


France
The French authorities have made further changes to the ‘Attestation de deplacement derogatoire,’ the piece of paper that should be carried during all travel outside the home.  
From Wednesday, March 25, it is now necessary to add place of birth to the information required, and also to date the sheet and give the time you left home.    The new form can be downloaded at:


https://mobile.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-derogatoire-et-justificatif-de-deplacement-professionnel

Needless to say, this will require Internet access and a printer, and a plentiful supply of A4 paper since each ‘deplacement’ will require its own printed justification. Local French-language daily Monaco Matin has been printing a blank copy on its back page.

There are also two new choices added to the multiple choice tick boxes, the first being an invitation to an official meeting and the second being the more general ‘taking part in a mission ordered by the authorities.’
For the majority of users, the first five choices are: Travel to a place of work when distance working is not possible; travel to buy supplies for professional activity and purchase of essential supplies (such as food); visits to patients with chronic diseases; travel for urgent family reasons, such as to help vulnerable individuals or involving the security of children; and brief sorties for an hour maximum and within one kilometre of home for exercise or to walk a dog.
 
It is important to note that Monaco does not require this Attestation.
 

Whilst on the subject of printing, there is good news for those of us who have been wondering how or where to obtain supplies of paper, ink cartridges etc.   La Grande Papeterie (93 50 54 43) and Alphabet (93 50 11 11) will take your order by telephone and deliver it to your home.

Coastal Buses - Nice -
Beaulieu-sur-Mer -  Eze - Monaco - Menton 
The N° 100 Nice/Menton bus cancelled.
The coastal Nice/Menton bus service No 100 has now been suspended until further notice.   However, the N° 112, which travels between Nice and Menton via Eze is still running, as is the N° 110 service between Nice Airport, Monaco and Menton – but the latter with a new timetable.   Full details available on 0809 400 013 or visit  zou.maregionsud.fr
 

There is, however, a service between Beaulieu-sur-Mer (Port), Monaco and Menton (and in reverse).   This will operate every 30 minutes from 6am to 7.30pm in both directions, seven days a week.   From Beaulieu to Monaco it will stop at the usual N° 100 stops (Cimetière, Place d’Armes (Serravalle) , Princesse Antoinette (Train station) , Monte-Carlo Tourist Office, Place des Moulins , Saint Roman and, from Monaco to Beaulieu, at Saint Roman, Place des Moulins, Monte-Carlo Casino, Place Sainte Dévote and Place d’Armes.
 
Whilst on the subject of buses, the Monaco bus service is running a Sunday schedule throughout the week.  
Since the driver's section is partitioned off to prevent any contact with passengers, tickets cannot be bought on the buses and must be purchased from one of the machines sited at various stops throughout the Principality.

Italy
Italy has mandatory rules including a self-declaration form which changes frequently to reflect the serious situation in Italy. You risk fines, confiscation of vehicle and a criminal record for violation of the lockdown rules. For the current form visit,

https://www.interno.gov.it/it/speciali/coronavirus 


St Paul's Anglican Church
As with other places of worship, St Paul's Anglican Church access is restricted but the church has adapted to the confinement and has started to use Youtube videos of the celebration of the mass. Visit the St Pauls web site here (link).

https://stpaulsmonaco.com/sermons/ 


for more information.

Other News Items...

Pregnant Women and visits
Further information has also been issued in relation to the concerns which pregnant women may be experiencing.   Professor Carbonne, Director of the Princesse Grace Hospital Maternity Unit has confirmed that expectant mothers, whilst they should take care to observe the current distancing and hygiene rulings, are at no more risk than anyone else.   More stringent rules are , however, in place concerning those about to give birth.   Apart from the father, no hospital visits will be allowed.   If the father wishes to be present at the birth, he must undertake to stay in the same room with his partner throughout the procedure and, thereafter, will only be permitted one visit per day.


Oceanographic Museum - Virtual Tour
The Oceanographic Museum
has announced a new "virtual tour" of its exhibits – an excellent way to entertain children and adults alike.   To access the tour, visit http://enterview.fr/musee/oceanographique.html
 

Restaurant Deliveries
For those of you who are getting bored with having to cook at home, help is now at hand : simply visit https://carloapp.com/restaurants-livraison for a list of restaurants which will deliver food to your door!
 
Street Cleaning and pets
During the advanced streets and pavement cleaning it is very important to wash paws of your furry friends after each walk. Mild soap and running water is the best to remove toxins from the paws. These chemicals used for disinfection are highly toxic. Check paws on a regular basis for dry patches or cracks, treat with natural paw balm or 100% pure cold pressed and unrefined coconut oil or Shea butter.


Facetime to patients
BAM CST have been informed that Centre Rainier III (CR3) is setting up FaceTime calls with patients who are unable to make phone calls and their families.The technician will bring the equipment and appointments will be made with the families concerned.

 
Traders at the Marché
Full details of all traders at the Marché, together with their phone numbers so that you can telephone in an order and have it delivered to your home are found here (LINK).


Regarding the use of chloroquine
The drug has significant adverse and dangerous side effects - do not self-medicate. Within Monaco, the drug stocks are now controlled. If you are already on this drug for a treatment then it can be obtained from a single pharmacy.


Monaco Telecom
Monaco Telecom has a list of additional channels which will be available free (See the attached PDF list here).

 
Reserved Shopping Times
Monaco food stores are now dedicating one hour per day to serving only elderly shoppers (those over 70).
The time slot runs from the opening time of each shop.

Keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres apart at all times. 

 
Home Meal Distribution
Don't forget also the extended home meal distribution service now being offered by the Monaco City Council in association with the Monaco Red Cross,
for those over 70 or who are too frail to get out.   These nutritiously balanced meals consist of a starter, main course, cheese, dessert and bread.   Lunch costs €9 whilst both lunch and dinner together cost only €15 – amazingly good value.   For more information on food delivery, call +377 93 15 22 99 from 8:30am to 6pm Monday to Friday. 


Continuing to Work
If you are continuing to work at your normal working location you will need to obtain a written attestation from your employer, certifying the need for you to be moving about within the Principality.

 
Pharmacy Home Deliveries
For those less sprightly, you will be pleased to hear that all pharmacies will now deliver essential medical supplies to your home – simply ring your local pharmacy to arrange this or call the special number which has been set up :  97 97 68 00, manned from Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.


Don't forget also that the council is offering free delivery of fresh produce purchased at the Condamine and Monte-Carlo markets.
 
Finally :  our Community Support Team, although not making its usual visits, is always on hand to help with any problems, small or large – simply call the usual number 06 60 21 63 99.
 
AND, ABOVE ALL, TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELVES !



Specific to BAM: All future BAM Events are cancelled. The BAM CST Community Support Team's visits have been suspended but a reminder that CST is always on hand to help with any problems, small or large – simply call the usual number 06 60 21 63 99.


Did You Know?
"Spike" - you have probably seen the pictorial representation of the Coronavirus as a round ball with a cushion of spikes - these are known as spike proteins or specifically the Spike glycoprotein (S). Understanding this structure is key to understanding the propagation speed. 
The earlier SARS-CoV of 2003 and the current SARS-CoV-2 share 86% of the same genomic sequence but the current SARS-CoV-2 outbreak (COVID-19) differs in how much faster the virus can propagate from person to person.  Spike proteins are what coronaviruses use to "bind" to the membrane of human cells. This is where the SARS-CoV-2 differs from the earlier SARS-CoV as it recognises and is activated by an emzyne called "furin" that is found in many different human organs, such as the lungs, liver and small intestine. 

Sleep: The lockdowns, curfews and closed shops and schools have scrambled our daily routines. Sleep is an essential part of our health and wellbeing. Poor sleep patterns and insufficient sleep means we risk obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, poor mental health, and even early death.

Daylight saving has just started and for us in Monaco, France and Italy, clocks have gone forward by an hour. Maintain a daily routine including setting your alarm at your usual or a consistent time even though the new social rules do not mandate this. The amount of sleep varies by age but will be between 7 and 9 hours for most of us with more for infants and teenagers. The US CDC has a useful guide here (Link).

We all have what is called a "Microbiome". This is made up of trillions of (mostly) bacteria, fungi and other microbes both inside the body, especially the gut, as well as on our skin. The gut microbiome plays a very important role in your health by helping control digestion and benefiting your immune system and many other aspects of health. There is an ongoing program called the Human Microbiome Project that is genetically sequencing these organisms and identifying how they interact with our human cells.

Malaria is caused by a single-celled microorganism from the Plasmodium genus. There are 5 species of which one P. falciparum is the most dangerous to humans.  The disease is most commonly spread by an infected female mosquito of the Anopheles genus (of which there are 30-40 species of mosquito that can transmit the Plasmodium organism out of the approximately 460 mosquito species). The disease still kills over 400,000 people a year.

Curfew comes from the Old French cuevrefeu and means literally to "cover fire". It was a fixed hour signalled by bells where citizens banked the hearth (concentrated the wood in the fireplace and used ashes to smother the fire so it burned slowly overnight) and extinguished lights. The modern French term is couvre-feu and the Italian is coprifuoco. The modern sense of restriction of movement of persons dates from the 1800s. 

The virus itself has been designated SARS-CoV-2 (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 ) by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. WHO and media will also refer to this as Covid-19 and Coronavirus.


 

Due to Government cancelling non-essential meetings and closing public places, the BAM Committee decided the Annual General Meeting 2020 (18th March) and all other BAM events are cancelled until further notice.

For more information please visit the Monaco Government web site at,


https://www.gouv.mc/Actualites


A curfew now exists from 10pm to 5am in Monaco and nearby France. You risk a 200 euro fine for violations.


At 8pm Tuesday 17 March, Prince Albert II gave a televised address to citizens, residents and workers of Monaco.

Whilst no official curfew was imposed, as in France, it was made clear that only the most essential journeys – for food shopping, medical supplies etc – should be undertaken.

 

Work on all building and construction projects is to cease immediately until further notice.

 

The Sovereign's speech was followed by an appearance by Stéphane Valéri, President of the Conseil National, who outlined the immediate financial measures being taken to protect local commerce and workers affected by the widespread closures.   He also announced that, with immediate effect, all street parking would be free, in order to allow drivers to use their cars individually, thereby avoiding the risk of infection through close proximity to others in carpooling arrangements.

 

The Mayor, Georges Marsan, then announced the extension of the home meals service to anyone over the age of 70, or to anyone whose health was delicate.   These deliveries can be arranged by ringing 93 15 22 99 and you can opt for a lunch at €9 per day or lunch and dinner at €15 per day.

 

M. Marsan also announced new  services provided by the Marché de la Condamine, which  will now close at 3.30pm and remain closed during the evenings.   A special route has been devised for the indoor market, to facilitate a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between clients, and outdoor stalls have been spaced further apart.   The Mairie will deliver fresh produce to your home but delivery of items from counters inside the market must be arranged with the individual counter concerned.

 

Whilst churches in the Principality will remain open for individual private prayer, there will be no public services.   Instead, Monaco Info (Channel 8) will broadcast Mass from the Cathedral at 9am each day and a 6pm Mass from a different church in Monaco every day.

 

Starting from 7pm  Wednesday 18 March, Monaco Info will broadcast a daily update on the situation.


 


Our BAM Queen's Birthday Cocktail photos are here.  If you want a higher resolution then just email the BAM Administrator with the file name and we can email you back a higher quality image. 

 

Our first Macmillan Coffee afternoon 2019 photos are here.  If you want a higher resolution then just email the BAM Administrator with the file name and we can email you back a higher quality image.   



 BAM Newsletter
- The current BAM News for April 2020 can be found HERE (PDF). There are no events planned until the current COVID-19 situation ends.
You can also subscribe to our enhanced weekly email updates HERE - during the crisis we are sending out a small email update at around 9am on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. The update is a summary of the COVID-19 issues as they affect Monaco, the nearby France (Alpes-Maritimes) and the local region of Italy (Ventimiglia-Imperia). 


Never too late to renew your BAM membership! We've combined the NEW and RENEWAL forms into one form. You can download the form from here ( http://www.bam-monaco.org/how-to-join )


If you are new to Monaco or the region, or just thinking of joining BAM then you can drop into any of our Happy Hour events (see our events calendar for dates) to talk to other members or the committee or you can take the plunge and complete and send off a New members application form now (BAM Membership NEW member 2018). 

BAM Member Partner Discounts - For a list of our existing Partner discounts see here (link)