Laurent Wauqiez who’s the president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and other elected officials said in a Twitter statement, “Mr President, do not kill the French mountain!
The mountaineers are serious and have proven it; they are ready to take all necessary sanitary measures. There is still time to regain reason: leave the mountain open.”
Although French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced Thursday that mountain resorts would be open, he hinted that ski lifts will not open.
French government fears those that’ll be injured by the tracks will be a negative addition to hospitals that are already overloaded by the coronavirus infected patients… although most hospitals are recording a decline in hospitalized patients now. Haute-Savoie and Savoie remain the two departments most affected by the epidemic.
Early February, the Haut-Savoyard resort of Contamines-Montjoie saw one of the first clusters of the coronavirus pandemic in a British family who had stayed in a chalet.
“The sentence fell from above, like all the management of the crisis, with a decision without coherence or common sense. How to explain that we can go to a cinema in Paris but not in an open-air ski resort? How can we understand that your ministers, just a few days ago, encouraged them to hire seasonal workers and take vacations in the mountains?” The elected officials wrote.
Monsieur le Président, ne tuez pas la montagne française !
Les montagnards sont sérieux et l’ont prouvé ; ils sont prêts à prendre toutes les mesures sanitaires nécessaires. Il est encore temps de reprendre raison : laissez la montagne ouverte.https://t.co/G5z576alvy
— Laurent Wauquiez (@laurentwauquiez) November 29, 2020
They’re not happy that countries like Austria or Switzerland have decided to open their tracks when they cannot, causing “anger and consternation”.
“Are you talking about Europe? But it’s not for Merkel to decide the future of our resorts,” they added referring to Berlin’s position on skiing in the EU.
The officials also hinted that the decision to keep the sector closed is “a sentence against tens of thousands of jobs and companies” endangering “250 stations, 120,000 jobs and 9 billion euros in revenue for our country”.
“We must open the stations with the ski lifts for December.” And would need a precise timetable and urgently a summit of the mountain with Jean Castex in order to obtain “a real compensation plan commensurate with the economic shock”.
Those who signed the platform along with Laurent Wauquiez, include Hervé Gaymard, president of the department of Savoie Jean-Pierre Barbier, president of the department of Isère Christian Monteil, president of the department of Haute-Savoie Jean-Luc Boch, president of the ‘National Association of Mayors of Mountain Resorts (ANMSM) Alexandre Maulin, President of Domaines skiables de France (DSF) or Éric Breche, President of the National Union of French Ski Instructors (SNMSF).