French ski resorts will have to close their slopes to the public following the announcement by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe of the closure at midnight and “until further notice” of all “places receiving public non-essential to the life of the country “.
The French government announced Saturday evening the passage of the country to stage 3 of the coronavirus epidemic, which means that it circulates throughout the territory. Consequently, many non-essential places welcoming the public will have to close, such as restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cinemas. Shops are also affected, with the exception of food stores, pharmacies, banks, tobacconists and petrol stations.
Ski resorts are also asked to follow suit. Some will already do this tonight and others will follow during the day of Sunday, at the end of which they must all have closed.
Some, like La Plagne and Les Arcs, have decided to apply the instructions on Saturday evening. However, Sunday’s operating day will be maintained in some stations, with the tolerance of state services, Compagnie des Alpes, leader of ski resorts in France, told the radio station Europe 1. The goal is to be able to organize the departure of holidaymakers as well as possible.
Consequently, Club Med has for example taken the decision to close all of its establishments in the French Alps in advance from this Sunday until the end of the season.
As of Saturday, 830 new cases of infected patients had been detected in France, for a total of 4,500 since the start of the epidemic, which has so far killed 91 people in the country.