Will the coronavirus threaten France’s sacred summer holidays?

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                Les Français vous diront avec tendresse que si les gens de certains pays vivent pour travailler, en France ils travaillent pour vivre. Et les vacances d'été sont prises très au sérieux par quelque 37 millions de personnes. Mais cette année, le coronavirus risque de perturber les "vacances".
            

Cette année, plusieurs entreprises du secteur des vacances en France proposent des «vacances pour les héros» sous forme de bons ou de réductions importantes pour les agents de santé, les caissiers de supermarché, les nettoyeurs et les autres travailleurs clés qui se sont révélés si vitaux pendant la crise des coronavirus.

The vacation industry in France is a big deal. Three-quarters of French vacationers generally choose to take their vacation in France. This year, amid restrictions on coronaviruses, they could be joined by the 9 million people who usually travel abroad.

This is good news for a sector suffering from the loss of foreign tourists.

The government hopes to begin a gradual lifting of certain foreclosure restrictions in France on May 11. It’s still unclear when bars and restaurants will reopen, but hotels, campsites and vacation destinations are keen to get back to work with safety restrictions in place.

How will they do it?

Air France will prioritize internal flights and the company hopes to reach 30% of its capacity by July.

Jean-Pierre Farandou, president of SNCF, hopes that at the beginning of summer there will be a full service of high-speed TGV trains.

The company says it is likely that all passengers will need to wear masks and hand sanitizer will be widely available at stations and trains.

Like every year, the roads will be blocked with cars on the way for a well-deserved break.

Where will they go?

Jean-Pierre Mas, president of Entreprises du voyage, which represents 1,600 companies in the travel sector, believes that the French will be particularly keen to spend time in the mountainous regions of the country or in the countryside this summer.

They will want to enjoy the great outdoors after being locked in during the lockout, but may prefer to stay away from the busy beaches.

The Caribbean islands of France could also become popular, he thinks.

Where will they stay?

There are 7,900 campsites in France and camping vacations are likely to be one of the most popular vacation options.

Nicolas Dayot, president of an organization representing camping managers and professionals, specifies that the sites will be adapted. The tents will be spaced apart and the hygiene facilities may be modified to allow removal.

He hopes that some will open as soon as the lock is released on May 11, but with less convenience. The pools will reopen later as well as the dining and entertainment facilities.

Hotels are also eager to open with new provisions in place to comply with anti-coronavirus regulations. Hoteliers are considering a system where rooms are kept vacant for a period between occupants, and with new intensive cleaning arrangements.

All surfaces, including door handles, remote controls, etc. will be disinfected after each client, an official representative of hospitality professionals told Laurent BFMTV. He added that meals would be delivered to clients’ rooms.

            

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