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Lockdown and easing in Monaco 30 Apr-6 May 2020

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April 30th Newsletter

Like a viola at dusk. (1)

What's new

Good news! Lockdown is to be eased next week, tho' you'd be forgiven for thinking everything was already back to normal considering the amount of traffic and pedestrians out and about yesterday.

Following Prince Albert's announcement on Monday and the Government's press conference on Tuesday, we now have a 3-stage plan. I've listed a few points below, but you should check the official website for full information.

From 4 May face masks will be obligatory in shops, and you can make an appointment to have your hair cut. No more than 5 people can gather together. Note that police will continue to ensure we all comply with the measures.

From 11 May a first cohort of students will return to the classrooms, with a second on 18 May and a third on 25 May.

From June, if stages 1 and 2 are successful in containing the coronavirus there'll be a step by step reopening of all public facing businesses and outdoor spaces.

As for events, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo concerts up to and including 16 June have been cancelled and reimbursements for tickets should be emailed to atrium[at] Meanwhile musicians are posting videos on Facebook under #opmcathome, the latest featuring 13 of them playing Piazzolla's Muerte del Angel.

Club Vivanova's Luxury Lifestyle Gala has been rescheduled for a second time and is now in the diary for 14 November. Club captain Bradley Mitton has some interesting lockdown offers of wine and liquor that he'll deliver to anyone in Monaco, not just club members.

The Be Here Now ladies have another virtual cocktail this evening and a virtual talk about intuition on 7 May.

And finally, in celebration of the easing of lockdown, this week's Youtube ramble uncovered some songs on the theme of freedom. Enjoy!

What's in the diary ....

Thursday: Steppin' Out in 1982.
Friday: Freedom in 1990.
Saturday: Freedom in 2015.
Sunday: Let Me Out in 2017.

Stay safe and enjoy your weekend.

(1) This week's quote refers to a member of the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde and life partner of Gertrude Stein: American-born Alice B Toklas, born this day 1877. 

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