Health & safety measures and Covid 19 restrictions

Breton tourist professionals are attentive and committed to ensure you a worry-free and safe holiday. The structures that welcome you are obliged by law to follow a strict health protocol. What are the practices to adopt? What is possible and what isn’t? Answers (updated) to your questions here.

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Covid 19: advice and guidance for tourists in Brittany

What should I know?
  • What are the social distancing rules in place in France in general and in Brittany in particular?

    Everywhere in France, social distancing enforces us to minimise physical contact. It is no longer permitted to shake hands, kiss or hug to greet each other. A distance of at least 1 metre (i.e. 4 square metres without contact around you) must be kept, everywhere: in the street, on a walk, in all public spaces.

  • Do I have to wear a face covering?

    It is compulsory to wear a face mask, either disposable or fabric, in public transport: train, RER, underground, bus, tramway, including car sharing. In taxis, you must wear one if the vehicle does not have a Perspex screen.

    Face coverings are also mandatory in all enclosed public spaces and shops, as well as on public streets in certain towns, and in popular tourist attractions and sites.

    Find out more, ‘département’ by ‘département’ on the Prefecture website.


What are the general rules for:
  • Accommodation

    In addition to distancing rules, it is strongly recommended to book ahead in order to facilitate management of maximum capacities. Bedrooms and other rooms are aired before and after cleaning (therefore, you must open your bedroom window as you leave), surfaces are disinfected after cleaning. Linen and tableware are washed at high temperature. Paper documents and non-essential accessories are removed. Porter service is suspended, waiting areas are reduced. Contactless payment is preferred.

    Find here the establishments which are committed to following the health guidelines.

  • Open-air accommodation

    Toilet blocks and common areas on all campsites have been reorganised with the introduction of one-way movement, washing of hands in advance and safety procedures. Evening entertainment and other events have been rethought. Cleaning is more thorough and far more frequent, including disinfection and provision of hand sanitiser for all users. Campers are asked to clean their surfaces before use. Indoor and outdoor pools, treated with chlorine, are accessible, but there must be no more than 3 people per 2 metres in outdoor pools, and 1 person per metre in indoor pools at any one time. Furniture and sun loungers may be reduced to ensure distancing and to ensure safe and happy holidays!

  • Cafés, bars and restaurants

    Since 15th June, restaurants and cafés have reopened all over France.

    A distance of 1 metre between each table is required and there must be no more than 10 people per table. All staff must wear a mask, as well as customers when they move around the room. There are no self-service elements. Food presented in the form for a buffet is protected. In cafés and bars, only people with a seated place can enter the establishment.

    Please note that a 10pm curfew for bars might apply in areas with an outbreak of coronavirus.

  • Tourist information offices

    A health protocol has been introduced: At the entrance, you will find hand sanitiser for you to use. It is compulsory to wear a mask, to follow a path and to comply with a limited number of visitors. Distancing and barrier gestures are enforced.

  • Leisure and activity centres, museums, etc.

    As in the other establishments, it is compulsory to wear a mask. Hand sanitiser is provided, the exhibitions are cleaned constantly and essential health information is displayed. Often, a direction of visit is established to avoid people crossing or going backwards, and floor marking encourages social distancing. The number of reservations is limited.

    Find here the establishments which are committed to following the health guidelines.

  • Water sports

    Water sports are practised in the open and in nature. This environment is not conducive to the survival and transmission of the virus. In addition, water sports structures have introduced a health protocol to welcome their customers in the best conditions: regular disinfection of contact points with hands and wetsuits / buoyancy jackets between each user; thorough cleaning of equipment and compliance with barrier gestures and physical distancing on land and on the water. It is possible to have sessions with family or friends with a private coach.

What are the general rules in public spaces ?
  • The beaches

    Brittany has 2,700 km of coastline and as many coves, beaches and space to welcome you in good conditions. The guidelines to follow are displayed at the entrance to each beach: direction of movement to enter and leave the beach, distancing rules and permitted activities.

  • Food shops

    The health rules vary for each establishment; you are generally invited to wash your hands with hand sanitiser at the entrance. It is recommended, but not compulsory, to wear a mask.

  • Public transport / sea shuttles

    It is compulsory to wear a mask in boats, coaches, buses and trains. Make sure you have the right change when purchasing tickets on coaches. Transport is cleaned and disinfected daily.

    In buses, it is no longer possible to get on or off through the front, but instead through the back.

    It is compulsory to wear a mask on sea shuttles, both at the station and once on-board (from the age of 11). It is necessary to keep a distance of 1 metre between people in queues and on-board, to minimise the time of close contact between you and staff when purchasing and to comply with all barrier gestures. It is highly recommended to reserve.

Travelling to Brittany from abroad
  • Are we allowed to come to Brittany from abroad?

    If you come from a European country, you can enter France and visit Brittany without the need for a travel certificate or a 14-day quarantine period.

    Exceptions: people travelling from the United Kingdom, who have to comply with a 14-day voluntary quarantine period from 15th August 2020.

  • What to do?

    It is compulsory for everyone from the age of 11 to wear a protective mask in stations, airports and in aeroplanes. TGV trains, regional and RER trains are operating as normal.

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