One of the most desired activities when visiting Lourdes is, of course, the baths. Being immersed in the baths is something most pilgrims look forward to. However, as of November 2023, the baths remain closed for actual immersion, but they have developed an alternative plan.
Here is what they say on their official site:
For health reasons and to respect physical and social distancing, bathing is not possible at the moment. Accompanied by the Hospitallers of Our Lady of Lourdes, the spiritual approach of the gesture of water consists of drinking Lourdes water and washing your face, in this symbolic place of swimming pools, full of stories, prayers and of thanks.
The official website calls this the Water gesture” and as of November 10, 2023 is scheduled at 10:00am-11:30am and 2:00pm-3:30pm
Furthermore, there is this information about the water from the taps at Lourdes:
Located at the bridge next to the arches, these taps have sufficient pressure to allow you to fill any containers that you might want to take back for yourself or your loved ones. Note that many souvenir-type bottles, although attractive, are not necessarily the best quality and could leak during travel. We recommend used commercial bottled water bottles as more durable for travel…then when you get home you can transfer into the souvenir bottles.
Be aware, for those traveling by air, most airlines and countries will not allow you to carry liquids on board. Rules vary, and in many cases a small bottle inside a secure plastic bag may be allowed.
For U.S.A. travelers, 3.4-ounce containers (or smaller) and then placed in one clear, quart-sized bag. Check with your airline first.