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COVID-19 Vendée

The number of positive cases (100) and people (7) in hospital has significantly lowered in the Vendee but of those positive cases, the Delta variant is a fact as it is in all of Europe. Around 40% of the population has been completely vaccinated, while just over 53% has received one dose. In a new address to the nation on 12th July 2021, President Macron announced the following changes in a bid to drive up those numbers: the ‘health passport’ – proving that the holder has a negative Covid-19 test, is fully vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid-19 – will be required from August, including bars, restaurants, cafés and shopping centers PCR tests will no longer be free of charge beginning in autumn, unless they are obtained with a prescription vaccination will become mandatory for all health workers: non-vaccinated health workers will no longer receive a salary nor be allowed …

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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 …