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COVID-19 Vendée

The Omicron variant is seeing new worldwide action in an attempt to minimize its spreading. The variant has been detected in the Vendée. According to various media reports, Omicron was detected in a person returning from South Africa. The omicron variant is said to be more contagious than the Delta variant but with milder symptoms. The 5th wave(Delta) is larger than the 3rd wave. The virus is circulating especially where non- vaccinated people are in close proximity (e.g. discos, parties…), however it also circulates among vaccinated people though with much milder and sometimes no symptoms. In France, the following measures are being implemented – announced on 06/12/2021: No curfew or lockdown Restaurants: no limitation of customers but must be vigilant about mask/social distancing/ health pass checks. Schools: from Thursday 09/12 masks must be worn in the playground and during sports. Certain sports classes or activities will be restricted. from Monday …

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Tourism & hospitality in the Vendée: surviving the immediate future

We have been asked to share our thoughts about whether or not there will be tourism in the Vendée this season. To address this, means we feel it important to address tourism & hospitality in general, as that will inevitably affect what happens in our department. The following are musings and logical thinking as having lived – and survived – 9/11 working for a major airline and related hotel industry, applying the gravity of a pandemic and its possible repercussions. 1/Is Covid-19 here to stay? The answer to this question seems quite logical: as long as the disease spreads and without a vaccine to inoculate the masses, yes, unfortunately Covid-19 is a long-term global health crisis we’ll have to deal with or work around. If we reach back to 9/11/2001, the world came to a standstill in the wake of a shocking terrorism attack that delivered a gut-punch to air …

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Expatriate in lock-down France

In recent years, the thought has crossed my mind many times that if anything could keep me from my mother in Belgium, it might be World War III. Never had I considered a virus-related near-global quarantine. But the very first day of lock down in France my worst nightmare as an expat and as an only child, delivered a punch in the face: my mother, who lives independently, took a nasty tumble down the stairs in the middle of the night. It was the third time she would be in hospital this year, and the eighth time since my husband and I moved to Europe from the US after announcing she didn’t want to fly anymore, anywhere, let alone across the ocean. But when I think back in my expat life of twenty-eight years, it is only the third time that I have experienced a roller-coaster of stress as extreme …