Monaco relaxes health pass rule

The new mandate that health passes be required to enter bars and restaurants from Monday 23rd August will not be extended to Monaco residents and employees who wish to dine outside on terraces.

There are few things nicer than eating al fresco on a summer’s day, and now, for residents and employees in Monaco, there is the added bonus of not needing to present a health pass to do so, despite the new regulation coming into effect on 23rd August requiring one for entry to bars and restaurants.

The government cites a lower risk of contamination outdoors as the reasoning behind the decision, one that has been backed by the National Council via the Joint Monitoring Committee. The government makes a point of reminding people this is an ever-evolving situation, though, and the rules can be changed as and when they deem it necessary.

In addition to allowing residents a pass on the regulation for terraces, those who work, live or go to school in Monaco aged 16 and 17 will not be required to show a pass until 23rd September, allowing them an additional month to get vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the health pass will not be compulsory for 12 to 15-year-olds, unlike what is practiced in France.

“These measures illustrate the discernment that must be constantly exercised in order to adapt to the particular situation of our country,” said the National Council in a statement, adding “Indeed, our epidemic and hospital situation does not require an automatic alignment with the measures taken by neighbouring countries.”

Mask-wearing is still compulsory, as well as adhering to other barrier gestures such as social distancing. There is also strong advice for those returning from summer holidays, particularly those who are school-aged, to be tested and vaccinated upon return from abroad to help keep numbers in check.

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