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What's on in Monaco 18-24 Feb 2021

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Feb 18th Newsletter

My friend stole my sweetheart from me.(1)

What's new

Not since the 1962 diplomatic crisis has there been such a rumpus between Monaco and France, and it's all because of Covid. As we mentioned in our 4th Feb 2021 newsletter, new French regulations came into force limiting Monegasques and residents to travel just 30km into France for only 24 hours, and with the need for a negative PCR test. The Government protested to the French authorities and now the measures have been eased slightly. Travel within the Alpes-Maritimes and Var departments is allowed, and if you return within the day you don't need a PCR test. Unfortunately the dispute continues to rumble on, and in a tit-for-tat move, Monaco's border police are stopping vehicles without 06 or 83 number plates from entering the Principality. Some drivers are asked to produce a PCR test, others are being turned away. The Government is still negotiating and we hope the 24 hour limit can be lifted before school holidays start at the weekend.

As for Covid measures in Monaco, police will be cracking down on large groups who congregate outdoors for coffee breaks, as well as people who walk around without a mask pretending to smoke.

Ever since eBay was launched, entrepreneurs in Monaco have been asking why it's impossible to use the online platform to sell their goods. It's because the payment systems prevent sellers in the Principality from drawing out their money once a sale has gone through. This is the case for those who want to sell on Amazon too. The good news is that this is being discussed as part of the deal with the EU (see 10 Dec 2020 newsletter). The bad news is that negotiations are already in their 6th year and there's no end in sight.

In brief

The Association Ecopolis is promoting the idea of a footpath connecting Port Hercule to the Mareterra land reclamation site. It'll be suspended 7m above the sea and avoid having to walk through the Louis II tunnel.

Bad news for tennis fans as the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters organizers have announced the competition will not be open to spectators.

Monaco Statistics weather report up to 2020 shows an increase in temperature over the past decade, with rainfall about the same but in unusually intense downpours.

Following Cruiseline's reported optimism last week, a 2021 timetable for cruise ships has been posted. The first arrival of 900 passengers is due Sunday 4 April.

And finally...

While the government continues to work on digital sales solutions, AS Monaco football club has found its own way around the problem. The French Ligue 1 team has managed to set up a dedicated store on Amazon since their supplier, Kappa, is Italian and based outside the Principality. Although Amazon doesn't stock everything that's available from the official store, buyers can be sure they're purchasing official merchandise rather than cheap knock-offs. Enjoy!

What's in the diary...

Thursday: French AI.
Friday: A very large mermaid.
Saturday: Comedy subtitled movie.
Sunday:  Operatic Count.

(1) This week's quote is a line from the song The Tennessee Waltz, with music composed by American country music songwriter, Pee Wee King, born this day 1914.

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