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French President Emmanuel Macron has ordered a second nationwide lockdown starting Friday.
The details of the new restrictions were revealed by the president on Wednesday evening during a televised address from the Elysées Palace.
The new lockdown is slightly more flexible than the first one in spring, when the French were confined to their homes for eight weeks under strict conditions.
Under new confinement rules, schools will remain open while universities will close. Public services will continue, and construction workers are to remain on the job, while all non-essential businesses including bars and restaurants will close.
Companies are again being told to allow staff to work from home, and official forms explaining people’s reason for not being at home will have to be produced.
The aim, said President Macron, is to restrict social interactions where the virus is easily spread.
The lockdown will be in place for four weeks initially.
The questions now is: will Monaco follow suit?
Photo: Screenshot from President Macron’s address on Wednesday night
Rapid antigen tests are being rolled out throughout the Principality, with results obtainable within 30 minutes.
The Grimaldi Forum has inaugurated its new Ravel Terrace, giving extra room to visitors in a beautiful open air setting and sea views that can’t be beat.
The Opera de Monte-Carlo is set to host Verdi’s I Due Foscari with legendary tenor Placido Domingo this weekend and a Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival broadcast.
The Municipal Council is considering plans to replace old buildings to the west of Monte-Carlo with more modern facades, replete with covered gardens at street level.
The Organising Committee of the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo has announced more top international acts for the annual celebration of the art of the circus, due to take place under the Big Top in Fontvieille from January 19 to 29.
Otto Wessely, the eccentric magician who has starred at the Crazy Horse and other renowned venues, will be present for the first time, as will the Zapachny brothers from Russia who will present their mixed big cat act, featuring 14 tigers and lions, for the first time outside their country.
Also making her debut in Monaco, an artiste from Ethiopia, Rich Miteku, who began practising the very demanding discipline of contortion at eight years old, promises an astonishing act.
Another innovation will be the Skokov troupe from the Rosgoscirk, who will bring an exceptional Russian trapeze act featuring eight women acrobats – a first in circus history –. entertaining the audience with double and triple somersaults.
It will also be the first time a kangaroo has entered the famous Fontvieille ring. Presented by Marek Jama, the group of exotic animals from the Charles Knie circus is made up of five camels, six llamas, two Watusi with giant horns, four zebras, a zebu (hump-backed cow), a Hungarian cow, two Andalusian horses and a kangaroo.
And, once again for the first time, the Fontvieille Big Top will welcome two large wheels of death: placed above the ring and turning on the same axis, but in opposite directions, which will enable the four artistes of the Columbian Gerlings troupe to show off their death-defying act.