HSH Prince Albert has decided to extend the current curfew arrangements until February 19, inclusive.

The decision, in consultation with the National Council and the Joint Monitoring Committee, has been taken in view of the fact that the coronavirus continues to circulate at a very high rate of 400 positive cases per 100,000 population over a seven-day period, although the rate has stabilised, halting a significant increase over the past two weeks.

It should be remembered that the high case figure reflects the large number of tests being carried out in Monaco. The Principality has been testing the population at a higher rate than any other European country, and 5,300 tests were carried out between January 18 and January 24.

The intensive care unit at Princess Grace Hospital has been under some strain in recent days, although still not at saturation point.

The Prince’s Government would like to point out that more than half of coronavirus contaminations occur during private gatherings.

“The Monegasque health authorities insistently reiterate the need to exercise the greatest caution and limit these gatherings as much as possible. It is absolutely necessary to respect barrier gestures during moments of conviviality in the family setting: reinforce hand hygiene, ventilate the occupied room, make sure not to share cutlery or glasses. It is essential that everyone take precautions to protect themselves and to protect others,” the Government said in a press statement on Tuesday, January 26.

Over the next three weeks the curfew will remain in place between 19:00 and 06:00. Access to restaurants at lunchtime continues to be limited to residents and employees of the Principality, reservations are required, the number of guests is limited to six per table, and service can only take place between 11:30 and 15:00.