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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.
Perfect ending of the camping season 2020
September 30, 2020
Today is the last day of the 2020 camping season at Camping La Brouquere. And what a beautiful day it is today: an amazing sunrise, no wind, not too cold, a few deer frolicking along the path. Our last camping guests leave tomorrow. A perfect end to a very special camping season.
Yesterday the travel advice from the Dutch government for the Gers also turned 'orange'. The Corona virus has now led to all countries around us advising against holiday travel to the Gers. It is said to say but it is not the virus itself, but we all ourselves have caused this through our own behaviour. Hopefully we now realize that we all need to take our responsability and to adjust our behaviour accordingly.
It has turned out to be a fantastic with a lot of great guests, excellent weather conditions and no corona-related incidents. We greatly enjoyed it and are very happy that we were able to offer our camping guests a peaceful and safe environment for them to enjoy a great camping holiday. Thanks to all our guests! And hopefully next year it will not be all about Corona!
See you next time at Camping La Brouquere!
Sonja and Wouter
The Gers becomes a 'Zone Rouge'
September 18, 2020
Tomorrow (September 19, 2020) the Gers will also be considered a 'Zone Rouge' by the French government. A 'Zone Rouge' is also called a ZCA, a 'Zone de Circulation Active' where the Corona virus is spreading rapidly.
With almost two weeks to go until Camping La Brouquere closes the camping season on October 1, it is sad that the season will have to end this way. But fortunately we still welcomed a lot of great camping guests this year. But wouldn't it be nice if next year we all could enjoy a corona-free season?
To everyone: stay healthy!
Sonja and Wouter.
Family party results in new Covid-19 cluster in the Gers
September 1, 2020
A family celebration in the eastern part of the Gers has resulted in 7 new Covid-19 infections. The irresponsible behaviour of the approximately 60 participants of this one party causes a relatively strong increase in the number of Corona cases in the Gers.
Camping La Brouquere is located in the western part of the Gers, so there is hardly any increased risk. But the Corona statistics for the Gers are strongly (and negatively) affected by these kinds of events, with possible consequences for extra Corona measures for everyone in the Gers.
How corona-proof is the Gers?
August 29, 2020
The number of Covid infections is increasing all over Europe. Also here in France where a negative travel advice has now been issued by Dutch and Belgian governments for several departments. The uncertainty among European tourists who still want to go camping in France is therefore increasing. As for the Gers, here is some more information about the corona safety in this area.
Taux d'Incidence - Infection rate
This figure indicates how many people tested positive over a period of 7 days. For a specific date, this is calculated for a period starting 10 days ago to 3 days ago. On August 29, this Taux d'Incidence was calculated for the Gers as 18.4 per 100,000 inhabitants (thus calculated over the period from 20 to 26 August. In the department of Bouches-du-Rhône, that number on August 29 is 159.2 almost 10x more than in the Gers.
The details can be found on the official website Santé Publique France.
5 cases in the whole of the Gers per day
So per day in the Gers there are about 2.5 positive covid tests per 100,000 inhabitants. And with a little less than 200,000 inhabitants, that means about 5 cases per day for the entire Gers, an area of 80 x 80 km (or 50 x 50 miles).
Moreover, there were only 3 people in the hospital in the Gers the day before yesterday because of a corona infection. However, not a single Covid patient was on a respirator the day before yesterday in the Intensive Care Unit.
Safe camping at Camping La Brouquere
Recently, infections have mainly occurred in groups of people who do not take the corona rules seriously, such as during family parties or other gatherings. Campers who come to Camping La Brouquere however are people who are careful and respect the corona rules. Nowhere is there a guarantee of 100% corona proof, but while camping here in the Gers the risk of infection is probably very small.
Self-isolation when returning from France to the UK from August 15th
August 14, 2020
The UK government has announced that a self-isolation rule will apply again for all tourists returning from France to the UK. This rule will come into effect on Saturday August 15th at 04h00. This restriction also applies to tourists returning from the Netherlands.
If you have planned a trip from/through the UK to France arriving in France after this deadline, you should check your insurance policy about possible consequences.
If you have made reservations here at Camping La Brouquere and you feel that you must cancel your booking, we politely ask you to do so as soon as possible to allow us to update the availability of our camping pitches and private bathrooms accordingly. We do continue our policy to refund any deposits or to use a deposit for a future stay here at Camping La Brouquere if the booking is cancelled because of the Covid-19 situation.
The latest reviews: «Glorious stay» and «Formidabel»
August 10, 2020
Uncertainty about traveling safely in France continues to lead to cancellations by campers at Camping La Brouquere. And although the campsite here may be one of the safest places in France during the corona crisis, we understand the concerns and uncertainty of campers very well.
The many guests who nevertheless spend their camping holiday here at Camping La Brouquere are very satisfied with everything that La Brouquere has to offer: ample space, peace and quiet, a swimming pool to cool down, private bathrooms, beautiful surroundings and the relaxing atmosphere that suits a campsite without children. For example, read the reviews at zoover.nl or at CoolCamping. May we welcome you soon here at Camping La Brouquere too?
Sonja and Wouter
Great camping holiday at Camping La Brouquere despite Corona
August 4, 2020
At Camping La Brouquere, our guests are currently enjoying a virtually carefree camping holiday. Many campers have found their way to La Brouquere to enjoy the peace and quiet right here in the heart of the vineyards of the Armagnac. A child-free environment and the availability of private bathrooms are also greatly appreciated by guests.
Aside from mandatory face masks in shops, campers don't notice much of the Covid-19 rules and restrictions here in France. It is easy for campers to forget that the Corona virus is still around. But of course everyone here remains careful and realize that it is important to keep a 1 meter distance and to wash hands often.
Two months later than usual, the first month of the camping season is already over. But July has been a wonderful month and if it continues like this it will be a great and relaxing camping season for everyone!
Face masks are again mandatory in public buildings from July 20
July 18, 2020
From Monday, July 20, wearing face masks in public buildings in France is mandatory again. This measure was already planned to take effect on August 1, but Jean Castex, the new prime minister in France, has brought this precaution forward.
So from July 20, everyone must wear a mask in closed public spaces such as shops and museums. At Camping La Brouquere, wearing of a face mask is not mandatory because keeping enough distance is possible everywhere on the campsite. But remember to have a few face masks in stock as a simple precaution.
Leisure park in Gondrin remains closed in 2020
July 8, 2020
Unfortunately, the mayor of Gondrin has decided that the big swimming pool and leisure centre in Gondrin will remain closed this year due to the Corona crisis.
Camping La Brouquere has its own pool, so for camping guests here at the campsite there are no limitations. But closing of the leisure park has major consequences for the economy and the shops here in Gondrin, of which the impact can hardly be foreseen at the moment.
Campers are opting for private bathrooms
July 4, 2020
The first week of the season has already passed here at Camping La Brouquere. Fortunately, our camping guests are hardly limited by the Corona measures. For example, wearing a face mask is not necessary here at the campsite and the pool is open without any time restrictions. But many camping guests do opt for private sanitary facilities, which are amply available here at Camping La Brouquere.
The opening of the camping season has been delayed by two months this year but is going much better than expected. Thus many campers can enjoy a wonderfully quiet holiday here in Southwest France this summer. The outlook is promising again!
Camping La Brouquere is open again!
June 27, 2020
Camping La Brouquere opened again today. Two months later than in other years and with a few extra Corona-related measures. But still with the same sensation of peace, space and quiet relaxation on a small campsite just for adults.
This season, too, camping guests can take advantage of beautiful views, excellent sanitary facilities including private bathrooms, a lovely swimming pool to cool down in and of course the personal care of Sonja and Wouter, the proud owners of this beautiful small campsite amidst the vineyards of de Armagnac in South West France.
Almost ready for opening on June 27
June 22, 2020
Today, further relaxations of the Corona rules have been announced here in France. However, the rules for French campsites remain unchanged. So no hand shaking, keep a distance of 1 meter, wash hands regularly and in some shops wear a mask. At Camping La Brouquere however, wearing a mask is not required.
In case of any Corona symptoms you must of course have yourself tested. In the region around Gondrin, this is done quickly and efficiently in consultation with the local GP. The results are usually available within 24 hours.
Here at Camping La Brouquere we are busy with the final preparations for the opening next Saturday 27 June. Everything looks beautiful again and we are looking forward to welcoming great camping guests!
Emmanuel Macron confirms that French borders will open on June 15!
June 14, 2020
Tonight in a television speech Emmanuel Macron confirmed that on June 15 French borders will open up again for visitors from most European countries. So nothing stands in the way anymore of a great camping holiday at Camping La Brouquere!
Still, travellers from the UK entering France will be asked to respect a voluntary 14-day quarantine whereas travellers returning to the UK will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. It is however expected that these restrictions will be lifted soon.
French government confirms opening borders on June 15
June 12, 2020
Today the French government confirmed that the French borders will be re-opened for most european tourists.
As of June 15 France will no longer impose travel restrictions upon visitors from most European countries. This will finally allow many holiday makers to go on a camping vacation in France this summer after all.
For travellers from the UK however, restrictions still apply. Starting on June 8, the UK currently imposes a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travellers entering the country. In response to that, France also imposes a 14-day quarantine, although this is voluntary. UK holiday makers planning a vacation in France therefore are facing 28 days of quarantine in total making such a trip much less attractive if not impossible.
Here at Camping La Brouquere we are enormously pleased that foreign tourists are finally welcome again in France and we are looking forward to welcoming camping guests again from Saturday June 27!
Please note that Camping La Brouquere does not provide facilities for any kind of quarantine.
Will we hear on Sunday when the French borders will open again?
June 11, 2020
Will the French borders reopen to tourists on June 15? Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (French Secretary of State for Tourism) pretends to be the big dog who makes the decisions. Today he said that 'the borders should open on June 15' but he conveniently forgot to mention that the official decision has not yet been taken by the French government. Sunday evening, June 14, there will be another TV speech by Emanuel Macron where he will hopefully announce such an official decision.
Lemoyne has a history of suggesting things that are factually incorrect using a few carefully chosen words. Last month he suggested that the Dutch could not go on holiday to France this summer. Even the Dutch national news channel was misled to copy this piece of fake news.
Conclusion: Let's just wait for Macron's TV speech on Sunday evening, June 14.
So don't let Lemoyne's eloquent fabrications fool you, but wait until the opening of the French borders is officially confirmed and announced. And with a bit of luck we will hear just that from Macron next Sunday.
What are the Corona rules at Camping La Brouquere?
June 5, 2020
Here is a short summary in the form of pictograms of the applicable Corona rules here at Camping La Brouquere.
Camping La Brouquere will open again on June 27th!
French campsites may open again - Camping La Brouquere opens on 27 June
June 2, 2020
Today, France is entering into the second phase of the so-called 'déconfinement'. Many restrictions are relaxed today. For example, French campsites may open again today. The public sanitary facilities, the reception and the swimming pools may also be used again on the campsites, of course still subject to the 1-meter distance rule.
Camping La Brouquere will open on Saturday, June 27.
Moreover, today the 100km travel restriction in all of France expires. Everyone is allowed to travel without restrictions in distance again within France.
Still, the French borders remain closed, most likely until June 15. International camping guests are therefore not yet allowed to travel to France.
Self-quarantine when travelling between UK and FR planned from June 8th
May 27, 2020
The UK government has provided details of quarantine rules on their website www.gov.uk. These rules are planned to come into effect on June 8th and will apply also to tourists travelling between the UK and France. These rules mean that there will likely be restrictions for UK residents that plan to come to Camping La Brouquere for a camping holiday.
Here at Camping La Brouquere we strongly suggest that you read this publication from the UK government carefully because it could mean that you would have to go in voluntary 14-day self-isolation when entering France and mandatory 14-day self-isolation when returning to the UK.
Please note that Camping La Brouquere does not have any quarantine facilities on site nor will it be possible to stay at the campsite in the context of any form of self-isolation.
The UK government has not said anything yet about how long these rules and restrictions will apply.
Foreign camping guests will soon be welcome again at French campsites!
May 28, 2020
Today, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has finally clarified the re-opening of French campsites and French borders!
Most French campsites can open their doors again from 2 June. Only campsites in a few so-called orange departments are only allowed to open on June 22. Also, from June 2, anyone can travel within France again without the 100km restriction. In addition, the French Prime Minister has indicated that France is favourable towards opening the French borders to foreign tourists from June 15th. His statement is not yet an absolute guarantee, but we assume that the borders will indeed open again.
Camping La Brouquere will therefore open again on Saturday 27 June!
At the moment there are still some questions about the exact rules and protocols that will apply to French campsites. As soon as all details are clear, we will put them in place and expect to complete preparations for the opening of the campsite by the end of June. Camping La Brouquere will officially open again on Saturday June 27!
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.