Owner of the Domaine de Manon which works with the Dior fashion house, [horticulturist Carole Biancalana] nonetheless told her seasonal workers they must wear a mask owing to the risk of catching the coronavirus. After two months of confinement, the gathering of rose petals began over a week ago and continues depending on the weather, under extra sanitary precautions. "Normally, everyone grabs a smock, we help each other out and go down the rows facing each other, we chat and it’s nice," Biancalana says. This year, each worker has a separate row and a personalised burlap bag to contain the risk of contamination, and only one person drives to a collection site where the pink petals tumble into extraction vats.
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