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After the Covid, a record summer attendance for the AONES canoe-kayak in Louviers

After a long confinement, the AONES Canoe-Kayak has been inundated with requests for rentals since the beginning of the summer, an unexpected success for the small association in Louviers which rents but also sells second-hand boats.

Covid-19 sometimes has unexpected effects.While the confinement has put a serious damper on the activity of many associations, the Association Omnisport Nautique Eure et Seine (AONES) canoe-kayak de Louviers (Eure) is letting itself be carried along by an unprecedented momentum since the beginning of the summer.

Forced to postpone its access to rentals from April to mid-June, the association faced a record attendance rate in July and August 2020.

As the summer season draws to a close, Christelle Lebot, president of the structure, takes stock:

The summer went much better than we could have imagined. As soon as we reopened, it was crazy! The phone hasn’t stopped ringing. We receive a lot of emails and we get over forty messages on the answering machine every day. It’s unheard of! Even when it rains, people want to go kayaking.

“The Covid Effect”

An unexpected boom that the managers of the structure explain by two major factors: the closure of the small business “Aux Plaisirs de mon Moulin” and the lifting of the confinement.

There’s a real Covid effect. We felt that people needed to get out of their homes after confinement. We’ve been contacted a lot by people who’ve cancelled their holidays. Kayaking allows you to be outside and feel like you’re on holiday without going very far.

Manon Petrins, a full-time employee of the association, is working hard every day to meet the demand.

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