All about masks

All about masks

Last update: 14/01/2021

Instructions for using protective masks

Wearing a mask is recommended in private places in the presence of others, particularly if it is a person outside the home or a vulnerable person.

Anyone over 5 years old must wear a mask in all public spaces and common areas of private spaces in the Principality (examples: bus, shopping arcade, public elevator, etc.).

Note: Wearing a mask is not required for people practicing outdoor sports, such as joggers. However, they will need to have one in their pocket in the event that their business is interrupted.

Wearing a mask, covering the mouth and nose, is compulsory:

  • on public roads
  • in outdoor public spaces
  • in underground parking lots
  • in all enclosed spaces open to the public,
  • in all establishments open to the public,
  • in all industrial buildings and in all buildings used as offices, unless the operator is in individual work and does not accommodate the public or if dividers at least 95 centimeters high from the desk top have been installed between the workstations
  • in the common areas of private enclosed spaces
  • in all public and private elevators
  • in public transport, taxis and large vehicles

However, this obligation does not apply to children under the age of five and to people engaged in outdoor sports. In the latter case, the person is nevertheless required to be in possession of a mask and to wear it as soon as they stop practicing sports.

Wearing a mask is recommended in private places in the presence of others, particularly if it is a person outside the home or a vulnerable person.

If you throw your mask or gloves on the ground, in a green space, or in the sea, you will be fined up to EUR 300 by the police.

Since the start of the lockdown, more and more masks are being found on the ground or placed on public bins.

Single-use protective masks are not made of paper, but of plastic.  Leaving them on the ground or in Nature is dangerous for rubbish collectors, passers-by and the environment.

In addition to the health issues posed by this litter, there is also a real ecological problem, because the masks take no less than 450 years to biodegrade and they disrupt the wastewater treatment systems.

The Government will issue washable fabric masks to the 38,000 residents of the Principality. With regard to employees, the Government will record requests for masks submitted by businesses across the economy. Companies will buy single-use surgical masks at cost price for distribution to their staff.

Two masks per day for residents and employees would amount to around 2.5 million masks per month. This would rapidly exhaust stocks, and so we are issuing fabric masks that last for a month. This keeps people safe and means that we can guarantee the supply of masks over the coming weeks.

To enable distribution to begin quickly, the Government is procuring masks from two Monegasque companies. This will also help to support the national economy during this time of crisis.

The masks will be delivered to all residents and Monegasque national, through letterboxes by teams from Monaco Town Hall.


The masks that are being distributed to residents are free. In addition, people can also purchase masks from shops. The Government has decided to regulate the price of single-use masks. Prices have been set at €2.50 for a surgical mask and €7.50 for an FPP2 mask.

The requirement to wear a mask anywhere indoors is  lifted.

Wear a mask will therefore no longer be mandatory, for both staff and visitors, in shops and other enclosed areas open to the public in the Principality.

However, Healthcare facilities, care homes, as well as public transport, taxis and private vehicles with driver for all persons over 5 years of age remain subject to this obligation.

In addition, the use of masks is still strongly recommended for people at risk or during large gatherings in enclosed areas.

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