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Regulations Reminder: Keep space on buses, up to 4 standing at a bar table & no heliskiing!

Press Release from the Préfecture de la Savoie – auto translated below. Additional security & compliance checks are being made over the next 2 weeks as France struggles nationally to bring infection rates down without having a lockdown in place.


Winter holidays began two weeks ago. Even though the attendance is lower compared to previous years, the department’s winter sports resorts welcome several thousand holidaymakers.

Since the start of the holidays, several reports of non-compliance with health measures and barrier gestures in winter sports resorts have been sent to the Prefecture.

There has been a notable increase in the use of bus shuttles. Pascal Bolot, Prefect of Savoie notes that rules in force in public transport across the country must apply: respect for minimum physical distance in particular at bus shelters and their surroundings, wearing a mask inside vehicles as well as strict compliance with the maximum passenger capacity. (NOTE: Daytime buses in Méribel have been suspended due to them being used as ski lifts and passenger safety being compromised).

Regarding the terraces of bars and restaurants: All furniture allowing users to sit or lie down is prohibited. Only furniture allowing standing consumption may be installed subject to a limit of four people per table and a physical distance of more than two meters. It is up to the manager of the establishment to ensure that these installations do not contribute to the formation of groups and gatherings of more than 6 people in public areas.

Finally, the Prefect recalls that the practice of heliskiing, allowing transportation to the top of the slopes, is strictly prohibited (NOTE: Illegal in France anyway).

Pascal BOLOT, Prefect of Savoie, wrote today to the mayors of the municipalities supporting mountain resorts to remind them of the measures in force and the rules to be observed.

From this Friday and over the next two weeks, security checks will be stepped up to ensure compliance with these measures.

As indicated by the Minister of Solidarity and Health on February 18, the country’s health situation remains fragile. It is essential that everyone maintain their efforts and a high level of vigilance in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Even on vacation, respect for wearing a mask, distance and barrier gestures is essential.

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