Surgical masks to be worn on French ski lifts

24th November 2021, by Abi Butcher

Proper masks must be worn on ski lifts in France. Pic: Andy Parant

Proper masks must be worn on ski lifts in France. Pic: Andy Parant

The wearing of proper face masks is to be compulsory on ski lifts in France this winter for anyone over the age of 11, with Covid passes required if case rates rise, according to a new protocol announced by French ski resorts late last week.

French ski resorts, together with the French government, released their plans as a show of commitment to keeping ski lifts and resorts open over the 2021/2022 winter season.

The protocol, published 18 November, gives ski areas a clear plan on opening and remaining open — and offers holidaymakers reassurance of the way forward should cases of Covid-19 continue to rise this winter. The plans are to be “reviewed and adapted” as the public health situation changes.

According to the protocol, neck gaiters (buffs) and other fabric will only be allowed if approved and certified as a proper alternative to a surgical or category 1 fabric mask (AFNOR SPEC S76-001).

If the national case rate in France exceeds 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the Pass Sanitaire (requiring proof of Covid vaccinations, recovery or negative test) will be required for anyone over the age of 12. But it won’t be brought in overnight, skiers will be given warning with the government pledging to make an announcement by Tuesday for implementation the following Saturday.

Currently, British adults can only travel to France to ski if they are fully vaccinated.


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