June 30, 2022

Ski resorts: sanitary pass, masks … What protocol from this Saturday, November 20

COVID – Time to hit the snowy slopes. The winter sports season is officially launched this Saturday, November 20 with the opening of the first ski areas of the season, the Porté-Puymorens resorts in the Pyrénées-Orientales and Val Thorens, in Savoie. While between 5,000 and 10,000 people are expected this weekend in this last station, according to Free noon, the health protocol to be put in place on the slopes was clarified by the government to tourism professionals on November 18.

“We have a protocol that was announced to us yesterday. He gives us the rules and when we will switch to the sanitary pass ”, explained on BFMTV, Alexandre Maulin, president of the ski areas of France. Thus, the famous pass can be requested if the incidence rate at the national level crosses the threshold of 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. It is currently 132.

The mask is compulsory but not everywhere

“If this hypothesis is verified, the implementation of the sanitary pass will take place on a Saturday, and will be announced at the latest on the preceding Tuesday so that the information of users is carried out in good time and that the stations can be informed. ‘organize ”, details a joint press release from Domaines Skiables de France, the National Association of Mountain Elected Officials and the National Association of Mountain Resort Mayors, cited by The Dispatch.

The health pass will be controlled in different ways: “When customers access the ticket sales area, including when possible via digital sales areas. In any case, professionals will be invited to remind systematically that the sale of transport tickets is worth access to ski lifts only subject to the presentation of a valid health pass ”, the press release continued.

In the event that the incidence rate exceeds 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, checks on the tracks will be carried out this winter, explained Alexandre Maulin.

As for the mask, it will be compulsory for over 11s, but not everywhere. It will be needed in queues, in cable cars and mixing places. These are to be defined by each station. Skiers can however remove it once on the chairlift, but only in the open air. The mask is recommended for children over 6 and under 11.

After their closure last winter due to the covid-19 pandemic, the French resorts are betting on this new season which they hope will be promising despite the constraint of the mask in the ski lifts.

“This year is very important and even essential for us. We know that if there isn’t this year, our future is at stake and we can’t imagine that there won’t be a winter season, so we have done everything to make it happen. ”, Explained Olivier Simonin director of Val d’Isère Téléphériques.

Upscale and popular with the British, the station is due to open on November 27. The stakes are high for France, which is just behind the United States and Austria on the podium of the most popular ski destinations in the world.

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