Already 22 outbreaks of contamination have been detected in Vendée campsites, said the Regional Health Agency on Thursday.
Although customers are outdoors most of their day, the virus seems to be actively spreading in these places of relaxation.
So the managers of the campsites are not doing enough?
However, the latter ensure that they redouble their efforts to control the sanitary pass and avoid new contaminations.
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Since July 21, campsites equipped with a swimming pool, an auditorium or equivalent, are required to request the health pass from their customers when they arrive once and for all. And this even if the stay lasts more than 72 hours. "
Once one of the three sesames
[vaccination certificate, PCR or antigen test]
presented, customers can have more or less normal holidays
" reassures Nicolas, director of a campsite in the Dordogne. With this unique control, "
a solution of balance
»Was found, says Nicolas Dayot, president of the National Federation of Outdoor Hotels (FNHPA).
The decision taken by the government makes it possible to relieve unvaccinated holidaymakers while reassuring campsite managers who previously feared a wave of cancellations.
The measure, hastily decreed, however contains a blind spot: a customer who presents a PCR test on arrival and contracts the virus during an excursion outside the campsite will not be checked on his return, thus giving the opportunity to the viruses to enter the campsite without difficulty.
Be that as it may, this new protocol is well received by campground managers who will not have to check their customers several times a day. “
Doing the police isn't funny for us,
” blows Nicolas, who had already implemented a system to spare his staff from checking customers several times a day. "
On arrival at the campsite, a red bracelet is given which gives access to the swimming pool, entertainment areas, bars and ancillary services
" says the campsite director who was already using this type of bracelet to fight against fraudsters . At the Saint-Brevin-les-Pins campsite, located about sixty kilometers from Nantes, bracelets are also required, although a little more high-tech: "
identification bracelets allow rental accommodation to be opened and closed, they can also be combined with a wallet to pay for catering services,
”explains Paul, the director of the campsite.
Electronic bracelets from the Saint-Brevin-les-Pins campsite.
The manager specifies that these high-tech bracelets were not set up for the control of the health pass.
However, this recently installed equipment is proving to be very useful in this period: "
in addition to avoiding checks at each service point,
there is less contact, for example with the door handles
" says the manager who nevertheless spent 10,000 euros in total to equip his campsite.
"We must remain vigilant"
Fortunately for the directors of these vacation spots, this type of device has been made obsolete with the protocol decided by the government. However, will the latter be sufficient to curb the spread of the virus? For the moment, the question remains open. Professionals in the sector do not dare to rejoice too quickly because the clusters that have appeared in Vendée are a bad omen. In prevention, barrier gestures are carefully observed, "the
wearing of a mask remains compulsory under all covered surfaces and hydroalcoholic gel dispensers are distributed at the entrance to the buildings
" recalls the manager of a campsite in the Vendée, who adds that all of its staff are also active in “
regularly disinfecting deckchairs, swimming pool decks, games, etc.”
"We must remain vigilant, put all the chances on our side so that the holidays take place as well as possible"
recommends the president of the FNHPA.