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Travel Updates Following Coronavirus: Skiing in France

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It’s a new decade, and while we may only be three months in, it’s been eventful. What we’ve seen from our research is that people are finding it hard to know what information to believe, how their upcoming travel plans will be affected and what the future of travel will be like in the months to come. While we may not be able to offer all the answers, we may be able to clarify a few facts and figures for you and put it into the context of ski holidays in France.

We wish to provide some comfort and support for all our Hucksters holidaymakers with this feature. We will endeavour to keep this post up-to-date, so our regular readers, adventure advocates and any new users to our site are informed and feel safe about the slopes, ensuring all have an enjoyable holiday experience from enquiry to the return home.

IMPORTANT UPDATE

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that we have stopped all holidays to our ski resorts for March and April following the reasonable measures put in place by the French government to contain coronavirus. This temporary and important measure has been put in place to decrease the spread over the country and help to reduce reported cases over the next few weeks.

We appreciate that this can be very disappointing to people who have booked skiing holidays for the spring. We are keeping an eye on the situation and will share our re-opening plans once the government issues advice. On the reopening of resorts, we do hope that you will come out to us in the new season!

If your holiday with us is affected by this closure, please contact us as soon as possible. You can reach to Chris by phone on +44 (0)7740062796 or by emailing info@hucksterslodge.com. You will be able to give you information specific to your booking.

What is Coronavirus and Why is Travel Affected?

Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a new family of viruses. Much like the common cold, it is passed from proximity to affected individuals or by touching a surface up to a maximum of 72 hours after contamination depending on the type of surface, exposure to sunlight, temperature and humidity, and exposure to cleaning products.

Currently, around 80% of people who have contracted coronavirus experience symptoms like the flu and make a full recovery. The World Health Organization (WHO) have found from studies that the fatality rate is low (at around 3.45%) in comparison to SARS, from 2002, which was recorded at 10%.

Travel advice differs across the world depending on the level of virus spread in countries and the government’s measures to limit cases. Governmental actions have involved several factors, including the limitation of international travel to countries with recorded cases and postponing public events. Arrangements differ from country to country, and each respective government will review their procedure as they monitor the situation and work to contain the spread to people classed as vulnerable.

What is the Current Advice on Coronavirus?

The general advice involves high levels of personal hygiene, personal space and coughing decorum.

  • Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds. Alternatively, use a sanitiser with at least a 60% alcohol make-up.
  • Keep 2 metres away from other people.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing with a tissue that can be disposed of immediately afterwards. If a tissue is not available, use the crease of your elbow. Clean your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth and nose.
  • Uphold proper food hygiene levels.

Individuals who develop symptoms should self-isolate and avoid vulnerable people, such as older people and those with long-term conditions.
Professionals within the medical profession are working on a vaccine, with clinical trials already expected by April following preliminary work into coronavirus.

What is Happening in France?

The latest government advice was issued on the 14th March. France has stopped all travel into the country as a measure for containment. The plan involves the closure of non-essential establishments until further notice.

The government will monitor the situation closely and announce any updates as things change. We will be sure to update this page as more information is released and let you know how this will influence Hucksters Holidays.

Where Should I Get Information on Travel and Coronavirus?

Understandably there is a lot of anxiety around the coronavirus, but it’s important to remember that most cases have seen people recover quickly. Social media, rumours and sensationalism can cause a lot of unwarranted anxiety based on misinformation. Our recommendation is to get your news and advice from sources you can trust, including government pages. We have only gathered our information from the trustworthy sources linked below.

What Should I Do If I Have Booked a Holiday with Hucksters This Year?

Unfortunately, the measures taken by the government have meant we are no longer able to facilitate holidays to our chalets for spring skiing, effectively cutting the season to an early end. Anyone who has booked a holiday from the 14th March to end of the season will need to contact us to talk about their options.

The resort closures are sad news, but we would like to thank everyone for their support and to everyone that came out and gave us some incredible memories of 2019/20.

We are closely monitoring the situation to provide advice around our summer holidays.

When Can I Go Skiing Again and What Tips Do You Have for Booking for the Future?

On the bright side, we will be looking toward making the upcoming ski season as amazing as possible, and we are still taking enquiries for skiing in 2020/21 via our booking enquiry form. We will update our booking dates on the website very soon! Government pages will be updated regularly with the expectation that travel bans on EU countries will be lifted as soon as possible, with the GOV UK state they will “update with country-specific information for travellers to France as things change”.

We recommend reviewing your travel insurance options to pick a comprehensive plan for your next holiday.

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