Monaco drops systematic isolation for Covid-positive population

As part of its “Covid-exit strategy”, the government is scrapping compulsory self-isolation for people who test positive for the virus as well as mandatory vaccination for caregivers.

The circulation of Covid-19 in Monaco has dropped dramatically since the start of the year, with only six new cases detected in the week ending 5th March and an incidence rate of just 15.

As a result, the Prince’s Government announced on Thursday 9th March that it would scrap the last of its Covid measures, four weeks after the French Government did the same.

“As of Saturday 11th March, the systematic isolation of people who test positive for Covid-19 will end. On this same date, the contact cases of a positive case will no longer be followed by the epidemiological investigation unit and will no longer have to carry out a PCR or antigen test on D+2 of the last contact,” said the government in a statement.

In addition, mandatory vaccination for caregivers, as written in law n° 1.509 of 20th September 2021, will be lifted, allowing the reinstatement of suspended personnel from Monday 27th March.

“As part of this exit from the crisis, the Prince’s Government encourages people who show signs of respiratory infection, whether due to covid, influenza or any other virus likely to be transmitted by air, to wear a mask, to respect barrier gestures and to get contact their attending physician,” added the government.

One of the last remaining Covid measures in Monaco is mandatory mask wearing in health establishments.


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Where to watch Les Gardiennes de la Planète in Monaco

Les Gardiennes de la Planète

Les Gardiennes de la Planète, a project supported by the Prince Albert II Foundation and that premiered in Monaco last month, is now on screens across the Principality.  

Humpback whales are a wonder of nature. Weighing up to 40 metric tonnes and reaching lengths of 17 metres, these amazing creatures were once hunted almost to the brink of extinction. Today, their populations are slowly recovering, but they still face dangers from humans, such as noise pollution, net entanglements and collisions with ships, which are keeping their numbers low.  

A new film, Les Gardiennes de la Planète, or Whale Nation in English, directed by Jean-Albert Lièvre and supported by the Prince Albert II Foundation, hopes to enlighten people to the humpback whale and show it for the sensitive and intelligent animal it is.  

The premise is of a humpback whale who is beached on a remote shore. During the fight to save its life by a group of rescuers, the story of these extraordinary creatures who have roamed our planet for more than 50 million years unfolds, with actor Jean Dujardin “voicing” the whale’s story, as if the whale were telling the tale itself.  

The Cinema des Beaux-Arts in Monaco will be screening this heart-warming, poignant and thought-provoking movie at on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and at 4.15pm on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  


The Guardians of the Planet premieres in Monaco


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FPA2 heralds the Treaty of the High Seas as “a historic step forward in safeguarding international waters”

treaty of the high seas

The Prince Albert II Foundation has voiced its support for the recent agreement on the Treaty of the High Seas, which will provide legal protections to 60% of the world’s oceans.  

“This historic deal, known as the High Seas Treaty, marks a significant step forward in safeguarding international waters and in respecting the 30×30 pledge called for by the GBF agreed in December 2022 (to protect a third of the sea and land by 2030),” said the foundation via an official communiqué. 

The treaty, which is the culmination of nearly two decades of talks between United Nations members, is essentially a legal framework created to protect parts of the world’s oceans that fall outside of national jurisdictions. 

“The Principality has played an instrumental role in promoting the importance of protecting marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction and has been a strong advocate for the inclusion of robust area-based management tools, environmental impact assessments, and capacity building,” continues the statement.  

Monaco and its ruler, Prince Albert II, have a well-established history of action on the topic of ocean protections. 

In 2020, Prince Albert participated, alongside a select group of heads of government and state, in the High Seas Treaty Dialogue in Monaco. The event was co-organised by his eponymous foundation and the Norwegian Nobel Institute.  

The Principality also joined the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People in early 2022. This is a global initiative that seeks to protect and restore the ocean, with the goal of protecting 30% of the planet by 2030. Currently only 1% of the world’s oceans hold a protected status.  

“This treaty gives hope for the future of our planet,” summarised the FPA2.  


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Free plants and flowers handed out at Princess Antoinette Park ahead of spring clean

Princess Antoinette Park

About 300 plants and flowers will be handed out for free at the Princess Antoinette Park as part of a spring clean sponsored by the Monaco Mairie.  

As the grip of winter slowly gives way to spring, people are looking for ways to brighten up their lives and what better way to cheer up a space than with blooms.

In collaboration with the Principality’s Environmental Services, Deputy Mayor in charge of the Living Environment, Environment and Sustainable Development Marjorie Crovetto has come up with a way to re-home the plants being dug up and replaced that would otherwise have ended up going to waste.  

Around 300 seasonal plants such as cyclamen, primrose, geranium and phormium will be shared on 15th March at 1.30pm to anyone who would like to take one home.  

The Princess Antoinette Park distribution centre will be in front of the A Fàbrica hall, and a group of Monaco’s gardeners will be on hand to give advice and re-planting tips to those who ask.

Only one plant will be given per person in order to allow as many as possible to benefit from this scheme.  

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Prince Albert II to attend launch of Kate Powers Foundation at end of March

The eponymous Kate Powers Foundation, created in memory of the beloved co-owner of the Stars’N’Bars restaurant who passed away last year, will be inaugurated with a special event attended by Prince Albert II, its honorary president, on 28th March.  

Kate Powers, the co-proprietor of the legendary Monaco restaurant Stars’N’Bars, which recently closed after 30 years, is being posthumously honoured with the launch of a foundation, The Kate Powers Foundation. 

Created in 2022, but yet to be officially launched, the foundation will continue a legacy that focused on building a “sustainable community that works together for the benefit of everyone”.  

Kate’s smiling presence made her a staple on the local scene. She was American-born but became a Monegasque citizen in 2009, and was later awarded the Order of Saint Charles, the highest honour to be given by the Principality.  

She was also an eco-warrior who was given the role as Ambassador to the Monaco Energy Transition Mission, whose goal is to make the Principality as green as possible, notably by reducing its carbon footprint by half by 2030 and achieving neutrality by 2050. Additionally, she was part of the teams that created Monaco Green Team, Eco-Angels and Monacology. 

The launch, which will be attended by Prince Albert in his role as Honorary President, will take place at Twiga Restaurant at 7pm on 28th March. For more information or to buy tickets to the event, please click here


Kate Powers work to continue through Foundation


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Basketball: AS Monaco Roca Team make it three in a row

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AS Monaco Basketball registered their third victory on the bounce in all competitions after comfortably overcoming Panathinaikos (84-70), whilst some familiar faces returned to the Salle Gaston Médecin.

The clouds of crisis have dissipated at the Principality club over the course of the past week. Victories against Maccabi Tel Aviv, Nanterre and then Panathinaikos on Wednesday ensured that their prior defeats were merely a blip.

The Roca Team have diversified their assets this season. There is no denying that Mike James (11 points) essentially has the keys to this Monégasque project, but players such as Jordan Loyd (18 points), Alpha Diallo (18 points) and Elie Okobo (12 points, four assists) have definitely decreased the dependence on the American point guard.

Diallo and Loyd were particularly decisive in the fixture against their Greek opponents. The former scored eight consecutive points for Monaco in the first quarter, and as always, was diligent and efficient in his defensive work.

Roca Boys back in town

Panathinaikos possess a considerable and familiar attacking arsenal. Dwayne Bacon (10 points) and Paris Lee (nine points), who both played for Monaco last season, returned to the Salle Gaston Médecin, but struggled to influence the game. The aggression and intensity of Monaco’s defence limited their opponents to difficult shots, often on the buzzer.

The Roca Team are used to winning games with their attack, but this one was won with their defence. Already cruising going into the fourth quarter, Panathinaikos withered away at the beginning of the final 10 minutes, allowing Monaco to stride to a comfortable victory (84-70).

The win temporarily moves Monaco above Fenerbahçe in the Euroleague, which is significant, as finishing inside the top four would secure home-court advantage for the end-of-season play-offs.

“Monaco really accelerated in the final quarter and we couldn’t respond,” began former Roca Boy Lee. “Returning here, there is a lot of emotion. I met up with my former teammates and I miss them.”

“All the players gave it their all. We were very aggressive in defence and that paid off with many balls in transition. Now, we have to move on to Baskonia. After finishing late tonight (Wednesday), we have little time to prepare for this match,” said Sasa Obradovic post-match.

Monaco travel to Spain to face Baskonia on Friday, under 48 hours after a gruelling Euroleague display.


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