No vacation for the virus. While some French people take advantage of the summer season to set sail after weeks of confinement, questions are multiplying around the current recovery the epidemic of Covid-19 and its links with summer tourism. To Quiberon (Morbihan), more than 50 cases of infection have been identified after parties in a bar-nightclub in the town as well as on the beach, where young vacationers met. In reaction, the town hall banned Sunday July 26 access to beaches and parks at night while the targeted bar was temporarily closed by the prefecture. The objective: to limit chain contaminations within this cluster.
Beyond the figures, images also challenge, such as those of the 12,000 spectators crammed into the stands of Puy du Fou (Vendée), on July 24, which have aroused controversy, while gatherings of more than 5,000 people are prohibited in France until August 31. Not to mention the crowded beaches where tourists are only “not always protected”, report la RTBF from Narbonne (Aude) and La Grande-Motte (Hérault). But should we really be worried about the arrival of vacationers? Do they have such an important role in the spread of the virus?
Not a propagation factor, according to the ARS