The guardians, as well as the owners, have been busy preparing for the season. Each hut is obliged to comply with the protocol agreed with the respective town hall or prefecture for their specific building.
For this reason, the reopening will progress gradually, with reduced capacities, at least initially.
Please note: reservations in mountain huts in France are mandatory. A "Hiker's Charter" must be validated and signed. Each guardian is responsible to ensure that all tourists sign the "Hiker's Charter".
All measures to guarantee the safety of hosts and employees, such as regular disinfection, are applied.
In addition, each user must have protective equipment (mask, gel, etc.) and their own equipment.
Upon arrival at the refuge, the guards are responsible for explaining the particular organization due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic: the direction of traffic, times for getting up and eating, arrangements for dormitories, etc.
Opening dates for mountain huts in Mont-Blanc & Beaufortain:
Refuge des Conscrits: 2 June
Refuge de Tête Rousse: 10 June
Refuge du Goûter: 11 June
Refuge du Presset: 13 June
Refuge du Nid d'Aigle: 13 June
The Chamonix Valley huts are gradually reopening
Since the weekend of 13 & 14 June 2020, the Chamonix Valley huts have started to reopen with a special health protocol.
Albert-1er: 13 June
Les Cosmiques: 13 June
Plan de l'Aiguille: 13 June
Refuge du Lac Blanc: 17 June
Refuge d’Argentière: 20 June
Refuge de la Charpoua: 20 June
Refuge de Leschaux: 20 June
L’Envers des Aiguilles: 27 June
The Couvercle, Grands Mulets and Requin refuges are closed until further notice, as well as the Bellachat and Flégère refuges.
Source @Le Dauphine
According to information.tv5monde.com, the French government is considering to reopen the borders for travellers coming from the European Union, Schengen Area and the United Kingdom, starting 15 June 2020. However, be aware that the two-week self-isolation might still be mandatory with regards to countries which impose it on France, such as Spain and the United Kingdom (valeursactuelles.com).