Out & about in Corsica this summer
We appreciate that you have questions about what it’s like in resort, can you go out and eat, are the beaches open and generally what you can expect while you’re on holiday? We’ve been getting updates from our team in Corsica, who live on the island all year round, to reassure you that despite the pandemic, you can still have an amazing holiday on this beautiful island. Mask are mandatory in all enclosed public spaces and on the 7th August it became mandatory to wear a face mask in many streets in the main towns so always ensure you carry one with you - please follow the links below for details. Fines can be imposed if you are not wearing a mask.
North Corsica streets where a face mask is mandatory
South Corsica street where a face mask is mandatory
Are restaurants and bars open? Are you allowed to dine in or is it outside table service only?
It is quieter than usual in Calvi however July is definitely getting busier than it was in June as French tourists have started to arrive. Essentially, it’s business as usual in restaurants and bars, most of them are open and you can eat inside and out with tables spaced 1m apart. The recommendations for all restaurants in Corsica is to have a maximum of 10 people at one table, staff to wear masks and for tables and chairs to be disinfected between each customer. Customers must wear a mask when entering and moving around the establishment.
What can people expect when shopping – are face masks compulsory? Are people expected to wear gloves? Have the shops been fitted with plastic screens?
In all supermarkets and shops masks are now mandatory. No one wears gloves. Plastic screens have been installed in most supermarkets but not in the small shops. You can easily find disposable or washable masks at the pharmacies.
What’s happening on the beaches? Is there social distancing with sunloungers on the beaches? Are they open as normal? Are picnics allowed?
The private beach clubs are keeping 1m distance between sunloungers (except if you are from the same group), and most of them have reopened. Picnics are allowed on the beach but groups are not allowed to exceed 10 people.
Are excursions still operating? Boat trips? What about activities such as canyoning?
Boat trips are operating but they take only half of the boat’s capacity in order to observe social distancing on board. Activities such as canyoning, kayaking, rock climbing and via ferrata have recommenced however additional safety measures have been implemented including disinfecting equipment, wearing gloves for some activities and wearing masks when in safety groupings. Some activities provide hygiene caps for underneath helmets, others are using disinfectant. The number of people using transport such as coaches or minibuses, has also been cut in half in order to maintain social distancing.
What about travelling in Corsica?
Corsica Railways have implemented rigorous cleaning measures so all compartments, seats and furnishings are disinfected, contactless payment is preferred and mask must be worn at all times. On buses, passengers must board at the front of the bus and exit from the middle or back and passengers and conductors must wear masks at all times. Where possible, the bus companies are using extra large buses so social distances can be observed but if the conductor says maximum numbers have been reached then you’ll have to wait for the next bus. All buses are disinfected at the end of every day. For taxis, contactless payment is preferred and please only sit in the back seat. If you have luggage then you will have to load and unload this yourself but please do not place on the back seat, you will have to open and close the boot and doors yourself.
Are markets and festival happening?
The food and Arts & Crafts markets are now open but there is no fair planned in Calvi this summer and there won’t be any festivals either as groups of over 10 people are not allowed.
What happens if I fall ill?
Should you, or anyone in your party develop any symptoms of COVID-19 whilst on holiday please inform our representative, the hotel staff (if applicable) and your insurers immediately. You will then be offered assistance and advice on the measures you will need to follow, which may differ depending on the type of accommodation you are staying i.e. a villa or a hotel. Do not go to the doctors.