French ski resorts’ remain closed

The French government will only permit ski resorts to reopen lifts if the COVID-19 situation improves by January 20th. The coronavirus has claimed 66,841 lives in France, the seventh-highest death toll in the world.

“The government’s decision will by guided only by the situation of the epidemic,” French junior tourism minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne commented.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday that restaurants in France would remain closed until at least mid-February and ski resorts might not open before the February holiday because the coronavirus was still spreading too fast and hospitals remained under severe pressure.

Dominique Marcel, The chairman and chief executive of French ski resorts operator Companie des Alpes, said earlier on Friday that reopening ski resorts in February was a “life and death issue for some resort players”. “If we cannot open in February, we must face reality, the season is over.”

Source : Reuters