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What's on in Monaco 25 Feb-3 Mar 2021

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Feb 25th Newsletter

What's it going to be then, eh?(1)

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The continuing menace of Covid and the necessary measures to contain it are making some people angry, and the result is an increase of "Monaco bashing" in the media. French commentator Guillaume Bigot reported "fake news" about where Monaco's Covid cases are being hospitalised, which prompted a stiff rebuttal by the Conseil National and the Government. Bigot apologised on Twitter.

There are plenty of holiday-makers coming into Monaco at the moment, and the Government is keen to remind everyone to be extra vigilant if we're to avoid a resurgence of Covid when the schools reopen.

In Nice an increase in Covid numbers has resulted in a decison to lockdown the coastal region during the next two weekends. Starting 18:00 on Friday and ending 6:00 on Monday, journeys in France will only be permitted for shopping, medical reasons, or for exercise, limited to one hour within 5 km of home. Mask-wearing will be obligatory throughout the Alpes Maritimes, there'll be more border controls and PCR tests required for some arrivals at Nice airport.

Minister of State Pierre Dartout confirmed yesterday that Monaco won't be locking down at the weekend, but anyone returning to the Principality from a trip longer than 24 hours will have to take a PCR test. Otherwise Monaco's current measures have been extended to 19 March inclusive.

The Jardin Exotique will remain closed until 2022, a year longer than initially planned. Work on demolishing and reconstructing the artificial rocks and paths is going to take longer than expected. In addition, traffic on Boulevard du Jardin Exotique is likely to be slow over the next couple of weeks due to road works.

Preparatory work for on the Grand Prix circuit has begun. It takes 7 weeks to prepare for a race, and there are three taking place this year, the Historic 23-25 April, the ePrix 8 May, and the F1 20-23 May. If you're aged between 18 and 60, in good physical condition, speak French and live locally, you can apply to work with the Automobile Club's Service du Controle Generale team during this year's races.

And finally...

it looks like the sunshine has returned and temperatures are rising, but be careful if you're out walking on the coastal paths during windy weather. On Sunday strong winds dislodged a few old plants from the cliffs above the path at the base of the Rocher. The sea was so rough that the jetty had to be closed and at least one man and his dog went home in a sorry state after a rogue wave drenched them.

What's in the diary...

Thursday: Ladies learn to limit fear.
Friday: A walk in the park.
Saturday: Duck soup.
Sunday:  Music by Mozart.

(1) This week's quote is the opening line of the novel A Clockwork Orange, by English writer, composer, and former resident of Monaco, Anthony Burgess, born this day 1917.

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