SAINT-FÉLICIEN | The Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien in the Lac-Saint-Jean has got the permission to re-open its doors to visitors by June 20, since it is regarded as a museum institution science.
The work team is to put in place several sanitary measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
“There will be a visit to a single direction. It’s going to enable us to enforce the aloofness. People will be guided throughout the circuit. We will also ask people to buy their tickets online. To reserve their date and time of your visit,” said Lauraine Gagnon, general manager of the tourist site.
At the dawn of the summer period, the tourism industry in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is ready to move on to its next phase of déconfinement.
“The hotels are operating at almost 7% to 8% of occupancy rate. On three, I have one that is closed,” explained Laval Boulianne, president of the Delta Saguenay Hotel Universel Alma.
“If the season does not occur in June, July and August, there is no tourist season. It can’t shift in time. We can not say that delaying the production,” said Lily Gilot, the president of Tourism Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
Affected since the health crisis, tourism businesses are asking the government to give them financial support to help them get through the current period.
“It is extremely difficult. We are waiting for answers, if only on the percentages of compensation,” said Ms. Gilot.
The region is composed of 1000 tourism businesses. They generate economic spinoffs of more than $250 million.
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