All about masks

All about masks

Last update: 06/11/2020

In the coming days, the Prince’s Government will launch a new campaign to distribute cloth masks to all Monegasques and residents of the Principality.

Anyone aged over five years old must wear a mask in all public spaces and in shared areas of private spaces in the Principality (e.g. on buses, in shopping malls, public lifts, etc.).

Please note: Those engaging in sport outdoors, such as joggers, do not have to wear a mask, but they must carry one in their pocket in case they stop jogging, etc.

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 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.

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.

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 Police is increasing its controls, since the measure of wearing a mask on public roads came into force on November 1st.

As provided for in Article 29 of the Criminal Code, the amount of the fine penalty is set for each class of contraventions according to the following categories:

  • In case of default: from 75 to 200 euros
  • In the event of a repeat offense: from 200 to 600 euros
  • In the event of a third verbalization in a month: from 1,000 to 2,250 euros (article 26 of the Criminal Code)

Yes.

Anyone aged over five years old must wear a mask in all public spaces and in shared areas of private spaces in the Principality (e.g. on buses, in shopping malls, public lifts, etc).

Please note: Those engaging in sport outdoors, such as joggers, do not have to wear a mask, but they must carry one in their pocket in case they stop jogging, etc.

 

 

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