Latest News Corona / Covid-19
Camping La Brouquere, France
Here you will find the latest news of Camping La Brouquere in France in respect to the Corona / Covid-19 virus.
No news yet
May 25, 2020
Today we hoped for more news from the French government about a possible opening date for French campsites. And just as important: when the French borders will open up again for foreign tourists.
But unfortunately: today the French government has not communicated anything at all about this. Except for a statement that more details will be announced on June 2. So we wait some more...
Watch out for rumours about opening of the French borders
May 19, 2020
Currently there are lots of rumours going round about the opening of the French borders. For example, people talk about a possible date of June 15.
But beware: these are just rumours that are in no way officially confirmed by the French government.
Again, the French government will only decide about a possible opening date for the French borders by the end of May. No decision has yet been taken on this.
Traveling further than 100km? Only with a 'Déclaration de déplacement'
May 11, 2020
From 11 May 2020, everyone in France can freely travel again within a radius of 100 km from their home address (further than 100 km is allowed if the traveler stays within the residential department). Traveling beyond 100km is only permitted in exceptional cases, such as commuting.
No valid reason for traveling further than 100km is holiday/vacation travel or traveling to a second home in France.
For those who do have a valid reason for traveling beyond 100km, a 'Déclaration de déplacement' is mandatory. In addition, a traveler must carry additional documents, such as a document proving their home address.
This new document for this 'declaration' can also be downloaded from the website of Camping La Brouquere.
Relaxation of the lockdown in France on May 11
May 11, 2020
Today is a big day: after two months, the lockdown in France will finally be eased!
The bggest change for us is that we can move around outside freely again without the need for a so-called 'attestation', although limited to a radius of 100 km from home. It is a great feeling to regain much of our freedom of movement. There are many other measures that will be relaxed from May 11, but there is still a lot of uncertainty about this, especially since it differs per region in France. It remains difficult to understand exactly what is allowed when and where.
There is no news yet about reopening our campsite. The French government will provide more information about a possible opening date for French campsites at the end of May at the earliest. We just have to wait it out. It is clear though that national local tourism in particular will first be allowed. Whether and when foreign guests can travel to French campsites this summer remains the big question.
Camping La Brouquere: ready but not open yet
May 3, 2020
A very strange feeling: the campsite would normally open on May 1. We were very much looking forward to welcoming guests, but the Corona virus changes all this: the campsite may not be open for the time being.
The campsite is looking perfect, but the camping pitches will remain empty for the time being. We still have to get used to that idea ourselves. But one thing is clear: health is paramount. So: be careful and take good care of each other!
Sonja and Wouter
Is the Gers green, orange or red?
May 2, 2020
Since a few days, the French government publishes a map of France every day in which the status of the Corona virus in all departments is indicated with a color: green, orange or red.
This map causes a lot of commotion and questions. There are a number of departments, including the Gers, who are surprised that they are not 'green' while the Corona virus is hardly present. As far as we are concerned, it makes no sense to discuss this map. Many other people will do that for us and, moreover, a lot will change anyway.
The situation remains unchanged for Camping La Brouquere: it will only become clearer by the end of May when French campsites might be reopened. From 11 May it will be possible again to move around in France within a radius of 100km from home without an attestation. But for foreign tourists it will not be possible to come to Camping La Brouquere for the time being.
Relaxation of the Lockdown from May 11, 2020
April 28, 2020
The French government plans to relax the Lock Down from 11 May 2020 (the so-called 'Déconfinement'). The relaxation plan contains a large number of measures that will be implemented step by step and possibly individually for each department or region. However, many of the measures in this plan are still very unclear in detail and are raising many questions. The first phase of this plan will last until June 2. By the way, the 'déconfinement' will only take place if it appears in the coming weeks that the spread of the Corona virus remains limited.
The most important measures for us as campsite owners here in the Gers are that shops will be allowed to open again and that we can travel again without the need for an 'attestation' (but limited to 100 km from home). This increases the freedom of movement of people a lot. However, restaurants and bars remain closed.
Travel beyond 100km from home is therefore not permitted (except for reasons such as work or compelling family matters). It will therefore not yet be possible for foreign tourists to enjoy a holiday in France. Remember that more clarity will not be available before the end of May about a possible opening date for French campsites.
Campsites in France will remain closed until the end of May 2020
April 24, 2020
The French government today announced that in respect to the Corona / Covid-19 situation no statement will be made yet about a possible opening date for French campsites. More clarity can be given about this issue by the end of May at the earliest. French campsites therefore remain closed for tourists at least until the end of May.
A possible opening date for French campsites is therefore not expected until sometime in June 2020. Consequently, Camping La Brouquere will remain closed until at least June 15, 2020.
France remains in lock down until May 11, 2020
April 13, 2020
Emmanuel Macron confirmed in a speech on television tonight that the lock down in France will be maintained at least until May 11, 2020. The strict rules that already applied from March 18 will therefore remain in force for at least 4 weeks, so that no one is allowed on the road without a valid reason.
As of May 11, 2020, as the first priority, schools and daycare centres will be opened step by step. In any case, restaurants, bars, hotels and therefore also campsites will remain closed. In his speech of over half an hour, Emmanuel Macron has not made any statements or expressed expectations about the tourism sector. Obviously, the top priority in getting the economy going again is not about camping.
Camping La Brouquere will therefore unfortunately have to remain closed until 11 May 2020, but most likely also for some time afterwards.
From a dilapidated wine farm to a beautiful campsite
April 12, 2020
What do you do if you should stay at home as much as possible at Easter? For example take a look at some old photos of Camping La Brouquere to reminisce about the campsite renovation project. What have we accomplished in all these years turning an old and dilapidated wine farm into a beautiful small campsite? Well, quite a lot. Take a look here:
Corona / Covid-19 status in France on April 9, 2020
April 9, 2020
France ranks fourth in terms of the number of corona / covid-19 virus deaths. After the USA, Spain and Italy, with more than 12'000 deaths, France now faces the highest number of corona deaths. But in France itself the differences are huge. In the Gers, there are currently only 5 people in intensive care and a total of 8 people have died from the virus. And there seems to be no end in sight in the near future. So will the lock down be extended after April 15? Yes, without a doubt. For how long? Macron will announce this soon.
Police checks in the Gers during the lock down
April 9, 2020
The lock down in France means that people are only allowed in the streets with a valid reason. Shopping for the first necessities is allowed, but visiting family, friends and even neighbours is prohibited. The police in the Gers regularly checks whether motorists comply with this.
Camping La Brouquere: Changed opening date due to the Corona / Covid-19 crisis
March 29, 2020
Unfortunately, due to the Corona crisis, the regular opening date of Camping La Brouquere of May 1st, 2020 must be rescheduled to a later date. How far the opening date of the campsite will be delayed will depend heavily on the further development of the Corona crisis. We will immediately communicate the new date on our website once a decision is made on the new opening date.
During the Corona crisis you can cancel your booking at Camping La Brouquere and request a refund of your deposit. You can also opt to use the already paid deposit amount for a later stay at Camping La Brouquere. Please contact us if you want to cancel your booking in order to arrange the details.
Lockdown in France extended by 2 weeks until April 15, 2020
March 27, 2020
Today, the French government announced that the lockdown in France will be extended by 2 weeks until April 15, 2020.
The French scientific council created especially for the corona crisis suggests to extend the lockdown even further until the end of April. But the French government does not follow that advice just yet but opts for a lockdown until April 15.
Corona /Covid-19: Status in France on March 26, 2020
March 26, 2020
The status of the corona pandemic in France on March 26, 2020 is shown below. The department Gers where Camping La Brouquere is located is outlined in light blue. On March 26, 10 patients were hospitalized in the Gers, 3 of whom were in intensive care. Since the beginning of the crisis, not a single person in the Gers has died as a result of the Corona virus.
Week 1 of the lockdown in the Gers
March 24, 2020
The whole of France has been in lock down for the past week. Of course also here in the Gers where nobody is allowed to go out without a valid reason. There are now 25 people infected with the virus in the Gers, but fortunately no one has died. The effects of these drastic lock-down measures are not yet visible in the numbers. But hopefully we will see some positive effects in the coming week of the lock down.
A status update is published every day on the ARS Occitanie website (Agence Régionale de Sante, Occitanie).
EDF makes nice gesture, ANWB fails to help
March 23, 2020
The Corona crisis is causing many people and companies financial difficulties. The EDF (supplier of electricity in France) lends a helping hand and gives private individuals and companies with a so-called 'Tempo subscription' a small financial present. Many other companies and institutions also offer to help, for example through the option of allowing premiums and taxes to be paid at a later date.
The ANWB, a major Dutch travel organisation, disappointingly lacks behind. Until 2020, campsites were listed on the ANWB website for free. As of this year, the ANWB now charges 250 euros for this. Unfortunately, the ANWB sticks with this one-sided condition, which is especially hard on small campsites. The ANWB only offers the empty slogan: 'We are at your service' ...
New version of 'Attestation de déplacement dérogatoire'
March 20, 2020
As of March 17, 2020 at 12:00 PM, anyone on the road in France must carry with them a completed and fully signed 'Attestation de déplacement dérogatoire'. With this document you declare that you have a valid reason for traveling. If you are stopped by the police and you cannot show such an attestation, you could be fined. This condition will remain in effect at least for 15 days.
This document is now updated with three new valid reasons for traveling. This attestation can also be downloaded from the Camping La Brouquere website.
Day 2 of the lockdown in the Gers
March 19, 2020
Day 2 of the lockdown in France. A strange feeling but here in the Gers it still seems far away. Today on the way to the supermarket no police checkpoints. And almost all shelves in the supermarket are still full with products, but only a few people do their shopping. The fresh vegetable market in Condom will remain open for the time being, but of course everyone must take the necessary precautions.
The number of infections here in the Gers has now risen to 15. Still a small number for a department that is about the same size as Devon, but with 75% fewer inhabitants.
The website of 'Le Journal du Gers' also provides more information in connection with the Corona virus in the Gers.
9 Infections in the Gers
March 18, 2020
On the evening of March 17, 2020, the département 'Gers' officially counted a total of 9 persons infected with the Corona virus. So far, none of these infected persons have died. De Gers is one of the 13 départements in the Occitanie region in southwest France.
A status update is published every day on the ARS Occitanie website (Agence Régionale de Sante, Occitanie).
Attestation for travel
March 17, 2020
As of today March 17, 2020 at 12:00 PM, anyone on the road in France must carry with them a completed and fully signed 'Attestation de déplacement dérogatoire'. With this document you declare that you have a valid reason for traveling. If you are stopped by the police and you cannot show such an attestation, you could be fined. This condition will remain in effect at least for 15 days.
This attestation can also be downloaded from the Camping La Brouquere website.
French campsites will remain closed at least until April 15, 2020
March 16, 2020
According to a new law of March 16, 2020 (NOR: SSAS2007753A), almost all campsites in France must remain closed at least until April 15, 2020. There are very few exceptions, none of which apply to tourists. As a campsite, Camping La Brouquere falls into the category 'PA - Etablissements de plein air' and must therefore remain closed until April 15, 2020. However, since the regular camping season only starts here on May 1, it is not (yet) required to change the opening times of Camping La Brouquere.
Here is the link to the law article (in French):
Camping La Brouquere: Opening times and cancellation conditions
March 16, 2020
To the extent permitted by law, Camping La Brouquere will reopen on May 1, 2020. This date is still far away, especially because the situation in respect to the Corona virus is changing rapidly at the moment. Still, we will do everything we can to avoid having to send camping guests away after 1 May 2020.
Camping La Brouquere is a small-scale campsite without children, with only 15 spacious camping pitches, some of which offer extra space and privacy. There are also a number of private bathrooms available to our guests, with which we try to minimize any health risk.
We assume that at the moment no one is making any concrete plans for a camping holiday in France scheduled for May or June. But those who have already booked a stay at our campsite might consider canceling their reservation. In the case of a cancellation, we are willing to refund the deposit or to use the deposit for a camping holiday at La Brouquere at a later date.
In that case, please contact us to arrange further details.