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Last update: 24/11/2020

You must wear a mask if you want to go into a shop. Customers without a mask will not be able to enter. However, traders can decide to supply masks to customers who may not have their own. This is up to individual traders.

Yes, depending on the structure of your business, you can apply for either the Exceptional Minimum Income (for sole trader activities) or the Business Support.

Do not forget that receipt of this subsidy - whether the Exceptional Minimum Income or the Business Support - does not prevent you from applying to your bank for a cash flow loan or an overdraft facility, which will be guaranteed by the Monegasque Guarantee Fund.

For more information consult Public Services for Businesses website. 

Please note :
These measures expired on 15 May 2020.
If you are recipient of Exceptional Minimum Income or Business Support for March, it will be paid automatically for April, you will not need to do anything further.
However, any new applications received after 15 May will not be accepted.

Shops which remain open must put in place preventive measures, particularly :

  • A distance of 1 meter between each person
  • Not more than 1person/m²
  • 1 person/10m² in common parts of shopping centres
  • Indicate the capacity of the shops on a sign at the entrance
  • Health professionnals offices, haidressers… : only on appointment
  • Materialize on the ground a “circuit” of forward movement in the shops, markings to avoid queues at the checkout and ensure ventilation of the shops.

Moreover, wearing a mask is mandatory for all clients inside the shop or in the queue.

All measures that must be put in place are available on Public Service for Businesses website.

No.  To support traders, Monaco City Hall is making traders who rent municipal premises exempt from paying their rent or other fees for the month of March and until the end of the crisis.

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Businesses operated from a state-owned apartment

With regard to those authorised to run a business from home, the associated fees will be lifted. A letter will be sent to those concerned to inform them that there will be no charge from 1 January 2020. Those who have already paid will be reimbursed as soon as possible.

State-owned commercial premises

Traders who are forced to close will automatically be exempted from rent and charges for the second quarter of 2020. Those affected will not need to complete any formalities, and will be notified by a letter from the State Property Authority. Rent and charges for March 2020 will be reimbursed to the retailers concerned

For any further information, you can send an email to administration.domaines@gouv.mc or call 98 98 44 66.

State-owned office and industrial premises

Consideration is currently being given to measures to support businesses affected by the crisis who experience a significant drop in revenue. Details and procedures will be published on this website soon.

Yes. Employers and self-employed workers in the Principality who are experiencing a significant drop in business as a result of the coronavirus epidemic and are unable to make the next payments due may submit a request to the Monaco Social Security Funds Collection Office, describing the nature of the difficulties encountered and full contact details, including the registration number of the self-employed worker and/or company.

Please note that employers must, in all cases, continue to complete the usual declarations. This measure covers Social Services Compensation Fund (CCSS), Independent Pensions Fund (CAR) and unemployment insurance contributions, as well as Sickness, Accident and Maternity Insurance for the Self-Employed (CAMTI) and Independent Pensions Fund for the Self-Employed (CARTI) contributions.

Reviews are carried out on a case-by-case basis. A response will be sent by email as soon as possible.

More information on www.en.caisses-sociales.mc

The Prince’s Government has decided to allow the Principality’s employers access to its supply lines for masks, offering them the opportunity to purchase alternative masks for their employees working in the Principality at cost price, subject to availability.

You can order the masks online and collect them according to the procedures that you will receive following your order.

Please note : The distribution centre will close on Wednesday, July 15. Requests can be made until July 14 at 6 pm. After this date, companies will no longer have access to the online service and will no longer be able to purchase masks.

Find out all the information about this procedure on Public Services  for Businesses website.

The aim of the "Monaco Safe" certification is to ensure that customers and visitors to the Principality of Monaco are received in the best possible conditions in shops, hotels, restaurants, conference centres, museums and all places that are open to the public, in compliance with the health regulations in force to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Through this certification, the Government also wishes to highlight the efforts made by professionals and their employees to receive their customers in the best possible conditions.

Certification is obtained on a voluntary basis, is free of charge and following a full end-to-end paperless procedure.  A dedicated online service is available to make it easier to apply and process applications within a very short timescale, it being stressed that the certification process is based on the implementation of the health protocols that are currently in force for each sector of activity and are known to all:  https://teleservice.gouv.mc/monaco-safe/

Certified economic players will be able to use the official "Monaco Safe" logo in their own communications and will benefit from high visibility on the networks that are commonly used by the State.  In addition, the Tourist and Convention Authority and the Welcome Office will work with professional representative bodies and the Monaco Economic Board in order to make the "Monaco Safe" certification known to as many players as possible, well beyond our borders.

Contact utile: Welcome Office - (+377) 98 98 98 90 – monacosafe@gouv.mc

The Prince’s Government has decided that until the 1st of December, several new measures are to be introduced for restaurants:

Opening Hours:

  • Closing time for restaurants is set at 9.30 pm
  • Before 11 am, between 3 pm and 7 pm and 9.30 pm, only seated restaurant service (lunch/dinner) is permitted (whatever the establishment), with or without the serving of drinks
  • Serving drinks without food is not permitted
  • Before 11 am, between 3 pm and 7 pm and after 9.30 pm, it is forbidden to serve food and drink on the premises
  • Service must be undertaken during the authorised time slots and only at the table by the restaurant staff (taking orders, serving and payment)
  • Takeaway sales are permitted, provided that customers adhere strictly to the curfew times
  • Deliveries are permitted between 6 am and 9.30 pm
  • Bar activities in hotels are authorized until 10 pm for their customers only
  • The breakfast service in hotels is authorized for their customers only

Health measures and distancing:

  • An advance booking is required for evening service in restaurants
  • Tables are limited to 6 people (maximum), and there must be a distance of 50cm between people and 1,5 m or a physical separator (Plexiglas) between tables
  • No more than two people can sit at round tables known as "bistro" tables
  • Restaurant bench seating is permitted, provided that diners can eat at a table of standard height and there is a minimum distance of 50 centimetres between each customer
  • The consumption of food or drink at high bar tables (with or without seats), sofas and other lounge-type couches, as well as low tables, are prohibited
  • Staff need to wear masks, but this will not apply to customers
  • Menus must be available digitally on smartphones
  • Individual condiments must be provided for each table to limit physical contact
  • Background music is not permitted
  • Valet services will be permitted provided that contact surfaces are disinfected every time
  • For the lunch service, a marked organization of the queues must be put in place if they are not avoidable, the wearing of mask is mandatory in the queues

Yes, support measures such as total temporary layoff (CTTR) and reduced social security contributions are still in place.

To learn more about the measures for companies, see: service-public-entreprises.gouv.mc/Covid19/

Restaurant customers must leave by 9.30 pm at the latest, and have a proof of need to travel issued by the restaurant manager.

YES, shops are open in the Principality. Masks must be worn.

No, on-site bar, snack, drinking establishments, breakfast service, ice cream parlor and tea or coffee shop activities are prohibited with the exception of hotel bars which may remain open until 'at 10 p.m. for customers staying on site.

However, restaurant customers may benefit from the establishment's bar activities at their table during lunch or dinner.

The State is funding strengthened provisions for total temporary layoff at a rate of 100%.

As a result of the social distancing measures introduced by the Prince’s Government to manage the health crisis, Monaco City Hall has decided to allow restaurants to extend their terraces for free.

This applies to all requests authorised by the Commune Property – Shops, Covered Market Halls and Outdoor Markets Department in agreement with the Council of the Commune, and only until the Government lifts the health measures.

Businesses in Monaco that are encountering proven financial difficulties may request a review of their situation with a view to staggering tax payments (corporate tax and/or VAT only). The businesses concerned nonetheless have a responsibility to comply with their reporting obligations by the legal deadlines. For more information on this measure: How-to-declare-and-pay-VAT

Yes.  Companies and self-employed workers in the Principality who are experiencing a significant decrease in trade can ask to stagger their payments to the SMEG and Monaco Telecom.

More information : spe.gouv.mc

The Committee for Assistance to Businesses in difficulty (COMED), will be reactivated in a new form to deliver the best possible response to the economic difficulties faced by Monegasque companies impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Information and submission procedures will be available soon on Public Services for Businesses website, following the introduction of other emergency measures.

For any further information, you can contact the COVID-19 Businesses unit by email : covid19entreprises@gouv.mc

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