Thursday, 23 July 2020

Masks Are Required in the Loire Valley

As a condition of reopening after the Covid19 lockdown eased in France, the Loire Valley's historic chateaux had to devise a one way visitor route, provide hand sanitizer and insist that visitors wear masks inside the chateaux. For vehicles carrying paying passengers that did not install a perspex screen between front and back seats all occupants have to wear masks. Now the government has gone further and masks will be required in all enclosed spaces and many public spaces such as street markets. Masks are not supplied at the entrances to buildings -- it is expected that everyone carries their own mask with them, and many French people are choosing to wear washable cloth masks.

Shoppers wearing cloth masks in the market at Loches. Indre et Loire. France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Shoppers wearing cloth masks in the market at Loches, mid-July 2020.

Because we have concerns about how travellers' expectations can be managed we have decided not to take tours at the moment, and probably not for the rest of this year. However, we know that many people are planning for next year and so we are too. By that time everyone will have become more accustomed to the 'new normal' and it will be clearer what can and can't be done. So if you would like to book for next year, we would be delighted to discuss your personalised itinerary!

To enquire about our private guided tours of chateaux, wineries, markets and more email us or use our contact form. More tour ideas can be found on the Loire Valley Time Travel website.