In a statement shorty after 13:00 on Friday, April 10, the Prince’s Government announced that the coronavirus lockdown currently in place will be extended until May 3.

“This decision is part of the need to continue efforts to further contain the spread of the virus. These containment rules have, to date, shown their effectiveness, over three weeks, to ensure the sustainability of our health services. It is essential to remember that the virus does not circulate alone, it is the movement of people that promotes the pandemic,” the statement said.

The Government added that checks have been intensified on the border with France during Easter weekend. Travel to visit a family member or friends is not allowed. The same is true for trips to the countryside or on boats. A distance of 1.5 metres between individuals is necessary, the statement reminds us. Those who don’t follow the rules are subject to fines of up to 200 euros.

Finally, the Government thanked each Monegasque and each resident at these difficult times. “The measures enacted have no other purpose than to protect the population from the coronavirus.”

A similar extension is expected to be announced in France on Monday.