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Aiguille Du Midi Tram Installs Infrared Cameras To Screen For COVID-19

After a two-month shutdown during the peak of spring ski season, Chamonix’s Aiguille du Midi tram re-opened this past weekend, much to the excitement of local skiers and climbers looking to get deep into the Mont Blanc Massif. While Tof Henry and co. shredding big lines might have taken the first headlines, there was some other news beneath the surface that is worth talking about. In order to screen guests on the Telepherique, the infamous tram that rises over 9000 feet from the valley floor to the top of the Midi, the Compagnie du Mont Blanc implemented strict procedures including infrared cameras at the base station. 

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It remains to be seen if other re-opening ski areas will implement similar procedures, but they sure seem like a good idea. As of now, individuals are allowed to "practice mountain activity," but guides and other commercial operations are still banned from the mountains in a professional capacity.

The screening procedures include the following:

All passengers must wear a mask while in line or on the tram.

All passengers will respect social distancing while in line or on the tram.

Credit card payment is preferred over cash.

A thermal camera will screen passengers’ body temperatures.

Handwashing stations and disinfectant is available for use.

Public areas will be regularly disinfected.

Passengers scan their own tickets to prevent contact.

Passenger numbers on the lift are limited, and during peak hours, passengers should keep distance.

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