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COVID-19 Vendée

The number of people testing positive for Covid-19 has increased in many European countries and cases of the new mutations (from the UK spread to 40+ countries and South Africa spread to 6+ countries) have been confirmed in France. Therefore, curfew hours were adjusted across the country starting January 16 for at least 15 days. Between 18h00 and 06h00 hours, we are not allowed on the streets without a certificate. For all measures and number of cases specific to the Vendée, please continue reading. Situational map, testing locations, and other statistics Click here Vendée department situation: Corona virus statistics in Vendée – Situation report from 15 Jan. (source Pays de la Loire Health department) 14,650 active confirmed cases  (+ 896 from 8 Jan.) 108 current hospitalizations 6 currently in intensive care 749 total released from hospital 139 people have died (+9 from Jan 8th) New report detailing Vendée in percentages …

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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 …