Ski holidays have been dealt another blow with the announcement that nightclubs in France will shut for a month from this weekend.
The move will subdue the apres-ski scene and comes amid rising hospitalisations in the country and fears over the emerging omicron variant. Elsewhere, the use of Covid passes (which show proof of vaccination, a recent negative test or recovery from the virus) has been extended to restaurants and cafés at outdoor Christmas markets. The population has also been urged to temper social engagements in the run-up to Christmas.
When announcing the measures, Prime Minister Jean Castex, who himself recently caught the virus, said: “We have all had a tendency to lower our guard in recent weeks.”
However, he assured the population that due to France’s high vaccination rates “it's no longer the time for lockdowns”.
Prospective ski trips across Europe have been rocked by increased Covid restrictions in the past fews weeks. Austria is currently in a full lockdown, which is set to last until December 13. Meanwhile, Switzerland recently imposed a 10-day quarantine on all UK arrivals – though this has since been dropped. Testing rules have also been beefed up, making trips costlier and more stressful.
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