Ski resorts are closed in France, but some may be tempted to go for winter sports abroad. They may be placed in solitary confinement upon their return.
Ski lifts will remain closed in France, the government wanting to dissuade the French from going to winter sports in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic. However, some border countries have not applied the same measures, and Jean Castex had mentioned on December 2 deterrent measures for those who would like to cross borders to ski. "The idea is to prevent the French from getting contaminated in the stations", he said then.
This Sunday, December 20 was published in Official newspaper a decree establishing "quarantining or placing and keeping him in isolation" people returning from a ski trip abroad who are said to have symptoms of Covid-19. The regions concerned are the cantons of Grisons, Jura, Neufchâtel, Uri, Valais and Vaud in Switzerland, and the autonomous communities of Andalusia, Aragon, Catalonia and Navarre in Spain.
The decree does not specify what will be the duration of this isolation imposed on travelers. It will be at the discretion of the regional prefect. This can only place them in quarantine if they cannot present a negative result from a screening test carried out less than 72 hours before, or if they can justify a professional reason for their stay. According to France Bleu Pays de Savoie, customs officials were deployed on Saturday to recommend that French people leaving for Switzerland not to go to winter sports resorts. They also gave leaflets reminding them of the need to confine themselves in place if you have symptoms or have had a positive test.
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